Double rapist jailed indefinitely for public's protection

23/06/2009

A double rapist who subjected two women on North Tyneside to vicious attacks has today been sent to prison indefinitely.

A double rapist who subjected two women on North Tyneside to vicious attacks has today been sent to prison indefinitely.

Anthony Curran, 30, carried out the two separate assaults within a year of each other in Whitley Bay and Cullercoats.

In court, he was described as highly dangerous with the indefinite prison sentence imposed for the publics protection. He must serve at least nine years behind bars before the Parole Board can consider whether it is safe to release him.

Mark Donkin, Crown Advocate for CPS Northumbria, said: Curran targeted two women he never knew. He sneaked into the house of one of them, the other he attacked after offering to walk her home from a nightclub. Both victims were subjected to horrendous, callous attacks.

In this case, DNA evidence allowed us to build the strongest case possible, convincing the jury that Curran was guilty.

Our thoughts are with the two victims and I do hope the sentence passed on Curran today provides them with at least some comfort that this serial predator is finally off the streets and behind bars where he belongs.

ENDS

Media inquiries to Roderick Stuart, Group Communications Manager on 0191 260 4384, mobile 07909 881822, or email roderick.stuart@cps.gsi.gov.uk