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Banbridge man faces jail for sex worker attack

A Banbridge man who admitted raping a sex worker after binding her hands and feet with cable ties faces a jail sentence of 10 years or more, his lawyer conceded yesterday (stock photo)
A Banbridge man who admitted raping a sex worker after binding her hands and feet with cable ties faces a jail sentence of 10 years or more, his lawyer conceded yesterday (stock photo)

By Paul Higgins

A Banbridge man who admitted raping a sex worker after binding her hands and feet with cable ties faces a jail sentence of 10 years or more, his lawyer conceded yesterday.

Lodging a plea in mitigation on behalf of 49-year-old Gary Doak at Newry Crown Court, defence QC Charles McKay said the "shy and quiet" ex-soldier is "facing a sentence potentially in double digits" over the attack which left his victim traumatised and "undoubtedly degraded".

The lawyer added: "She is entitled to the same protection as any other woman and the fact that she is a sex worker is immaterial, I accept that."

At an earlier hearing, Doak, from Dickson Park in Seapatrick, entered guilty pleas to oral rape, sexual assault involving penetration, unlawfully and injuriously imprisoning the victim, assaulting her occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault on March 9, 2017.

Yesterday, prosecuting QC John Orr outlined how Doak contacted his victim through an online advert and agreed a fee of £200 for her to come to his home.

He told the court that during the woman's visit, Doak became threatening and, having taken her to the bedroom, "he bound her with cable ties around her neck, wrists and ankles".

He tried to put a sock over her head, eventually putting it into her mouth before carrying out the sexual assaults.

At one point the woman ran to the kitchen and grabbed knives and there was a further struggle with Doak being "slightly injured" by a blade and both biting each other.

The senior barrister told Judge Gordon Kerr QC the ordeal ended "with both parties lying on the kitchen floor and the defendant telling the complainant he had panicked and suffered flashbacks to the war".

The victim suffered ligature marks around her wrists, bruising to her neck, arms and legs and "multiple areas of red marks".

Defence lawyer Mr McKay told the court Doak had used the services of sex workers in the past and had also had normal relationships with women "without any difficulties," submitting that in this "isolated occasion... he lost control of himself".

He said Doak was of below average intelligence and had a "personality disorder of a schizoid nature," revealing that while in prison he had been self-harming.

Remanding Doak into custody, Judge Kerr said he wanted to take account of all the issues before passing sentence.

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