Nathan Morgan sentenced for Basildon underpass rape


Nathan Morgan has been sentenced to nine years' imprisonment at Basildon Crown Court today for the brutal rape of a woman in a Basildon town centre underpass in July 2014.

Michelle Brown, head of the CPS East of England Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit (RASSO) said: "Nathan Morgan appears to have selected this lady at random after he saw her in the street walking home. He turned round, followed her, and attacked her once she entered the underpass.

"He subjected her to brutal physical violence by banging her head on the pavement, tore her clothes and then raped her. He also tried to smash her mobile telephone to stop her from calling for help but fortunately, he was unsuccessful. She was able to call a friend who came at once and took her immediately to the police station.

"The evidence gathered by Essex Police was built into a strong case by the RASSO unit to show that only Nathan Morgan was responsible for this cowardly and vicious attack. Our case was so compelling that he pleaded guilty at an early stage.

"Although his guilty plea means the victim has not had to give evidence at a trial, she makes clear in her victim personal statement that this attack by a complete stranger has had a life changing effect on her. She is in a constant state of fear, suffers panic attacks and is unable to go out alone.

"We know that rape has a devastating effect on its victims and CPS East of England is committed to building strong cases and supporting victims of rape and indeed of all sexual offences.

"We are pleased that Nathan Morgan has been held to account for what he did and hope that this victim can start to rebuild her life knowing that justice has been done."