Northampton man police caught after two-week hunt admits rape and sex assault charges

Gary Murton has pleaded gulty to charges of rape and sexual assault.
Gary Murton has pleaded gulty to charges of rape and sexual assault.

A Northampton man who was the subject of a two-week police hunt has admitted raping and sexually assaulting a woman in October.

Gary Murton, of Milton Street, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday (Friday) to plead guilty to two charges of rape and one of sexual assault, relating to an incident last year.

Police eventually tracked the 32-year-old down on October 22, after an appeal was launched to trace him.

Yesterday he also pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnap and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

But Gary Short, prosecuting, said the Crown Prosecution Service would not pursue these matters to a trial as Murton had pleaded guilty to the rape and sexual assault charges on an ‘all facts basis’.

Murton was remanded in custody until his sentencing on sentencing March 6.

Recorder Oscar Del Fabbro asked that Murton be subject to a psychiatric assessment before then.

He said: “As you are aware these are serious offences that carry with them terms of imprisonment. But given what is known about your mental state there could be alternatives.”