A 24-year-old man who raped a mother and daughter after breaking into their St Helens home was yesterday (Tuesday) jailed for 12 years.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how, after entering their flat on the morning of Sunday, August 31, last year while the mother was reading and her 24-year-old daughter was sleeping, Christopher Lawton committed seven serious sexual offences against them.
Judge Brian Lewis told Lawton, of Cherrytree Drive: "You imposed on them what must be every woman's worst nightmare.
"They were no match for you whatsoever, even both of them together, and you held them helplessly in that bedroom until you were finished with them."
He said that Lawton had twice forced the 50-year-old mother to perform a sexual act which, under new legislation not yet in force, is regarded as a form of rape "and so it should be on the facts of this case."
Lawton had also twice raped the daughter, raped her mother once and attempted perverted sex acts on them both.
"You used repeated violence on them far in excess of what was necessary to commit the offences against them because they were helpless and had no way of resisting your totally brutal advances," added Judge Lewis
Lawton, who showed no emotion as he was sentenced, had previously denied all offences and Judge Lewis ordered him to be on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.
After the convictions, Eric Lamb, defending, said that Lawton, who has previous convictions for assault and dishonestly, had been working as an industrial roofer.
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