A rapist who attacked and assaulted two women, in front of their young children, has been jailed for life.
32-year-old Trevor Lawler of Manchester pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape, section 18 assault threats to kill, sexual assault by penetration and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square. On Monday 22 February he was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 10 years.
Shortly after 4.40am on 10 July 2015 Lawler forced his way through the front door of an address in Newton Heath and then entered the bedroom of a 25-year-old victim, whilst she was asleep in bed with her young son.
He undressed and got in to bed with the woman before assaulting her and attempting to rape her, he also threatened to slit her throat unless she told her son to stop crying.
The victim’s boyfriend then turned up at the address and chased Lawler away, however Lawler struck again just hours later. At around 7am he knocked on the door of an address in Failsworth and told a 34-year-old woman that he had been locked out of his home.
She invited him inside and he followed her upstairs, where her young son was standing in the hallway. Lawler attempted to bear hug the victim and pushed her against the wall, but she managed to free herself before grabbing her son and escaping in to her bedroom.
However Lawler followed her in to her bedroom and punched her in the face whilst she was carrying her child, causing both of them to fall backwards on to the bed. She placed her child to one side to remove him from the advancing danger as Lawler continued to punch her in the face, before sexually assaulting her.
He told the victim “If you don’t stop screaming, I’ll kill you stone dead” before raping her and fleeing the address. Greater Manchester Police subsequently launched a manhunt that resulted in Lawler being arrested later that day.
Detective Constable Steve Darragh has stated “Lawler is without doubt one of the most vile and reprehensible human beings I have ever investigated. To attack not one, but two, women in their own homes and worse still in front of their young children, is utterly repulsive and worthy of this life sentence”.
Mr. Darragh also said “Had the victim’s boyfriend not returned when he did, I have no doubt that Lawler would have committed two rapes that morning. This sentence will not reverse the hugely damaging impact his attacks have had on his victims and their poor children, but hopefully it will save further women from becoming victims”.
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