Carl Anthony Weston, aged 43, (also known by the surname of NEEDHAM), from Wythenshawe, punched his victim and attacked her with an aerosol and dustpan and brush before raping her on 23 December 2012
He was convicted of rape, section 18 assault and false imprisonment after a trial. He was also convicted of the rape of another woman in the Lancashire area.
Between 11pm and midnight on 23 December 2012, Weston and his victim, who were known to each other, went to a house in Wythenshawe. Weston was extremely agitated because he had just been confronted in the street over an unpaid drugs debt of £600.
Weston demanded the victim help him pay the debt, but when she said she did not have enough money he punched her so hard in the mouth that her upper lip split entirely between her lip and her nose. He continued to beat her repeatedly before dragging her onto the sofa, where he sprayed deodorant aerosol in her eyes and threw hot tea over her head.
After hitting her with a dust pan brush and strangling her, he then shouted a number of verbal obscenities before raping her. Weston then prevented her from leaving the house and from seeking medical assistance.
The victim later managed to escape and confide in a friend about her ordeal and the police were called to investigate.
Detective Constable Siobhan Emmett said: “Weston subjected this woman to a sustained, violent beating. He attacked her with an aerosol can, a dustpan brush and hot liquid to inflict the maximum amount of damage and pain before raping her.
“This woman was so badly injured by Weston that she had to cut some of her hair off to remove clotted blood and the tea that had been thrown over her .
“But rather than face up to what he had done, Weston tried to lie his way out of it. He told friends the couple had been attacked by ‘gangsters’ and even claimed that sterile strips bought to treat the victims split lip were to treat a totally bogus wound he pretended that he had suffered.
“Of course there was no such wound, only a pathetic attempt to cover his tracks after putting this woman through a terrifying ordeal – and all because he was worried about an unpaid drugs debt.
“His actions were violent, cowardly and wicked and purely to satisfy his own needs. He deserves every second of his prison sentence.
“I would particularly like to praise the victim herself for having the courage to come forward and the bravery to give evidence in the court case. Sadly, bullies like Weston can force women to suffer in silence. But thanks to a combination of the victims bravery and the skills of our police officers, he is now behind bars and cannot hurt anyone else.
“I would encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse or rape to tell the police or confide in a friend who can support them to inform the authorities. Together, we will take positive action and bring domestic abusers like Weston to justice.”