Northampton man abducted woman and raped her twice during terrifying attack

Crown Court GV
Crown Court GV

A Northampton man who abducted a woman and then raped her twice has received an eight-year jail sentence.

Gary Murton, aged 33, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he admitted the terrifying attack on the woman in October last year.

The court heard Murton broke into the woman’s home after she opened the door to have a cigarette.

Jonathan Dunne, prosecuting, said Murton sexually assaulted the woman and then demanded she find her car keys.

Murton then picked up a kitchen knife and ordered the woman to get into the car.

Mr Dunne said Murton then took the woman to a layby and raped her twice.

Murton then put the victim in the boot of the car and drove off.

The court heard that the woman, who was left partially clothed, managed to get away after she climbed over the back seats and managed to get out of the car when Murton stopped.

Mr Dunne read out a victim impact statement in which the victim said the attack had left her scared to leave her home.

Murton, formerly of Northampton, was later arrested and pleaded guilty to sexual assault, and two charges of rape.

Judge Lynn Tayton said Murton was a “dangerous” offender and sentenced him to eight years in prison with an extension period of four years on licence.

He will serve at least six years of his custodial sentence before being considered for release.