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Co Down man confesses to violent attack and rape of sex worker

Gary Doak appeared before Newry Crown Court

A CO Down man has confessed to the violent attack and rape of a sex worker.

Gary Doak (48) had been due to go on trial at Newry Crown Court today accused of trying to kill the woman as well as multiple rapes, when defence QC Charles McKay asked for some of the charges to be put to the defendant again.

Doak, of Dickson Park, Seapatrick near Banbridge, then 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.

Following the guilty pleas, prosecuting QC John Orr asked for the remaining charges, including attempted murder and other allegations of rape and attempted rape, to be left on the books.

Previous court hearings were told Doak paid the woman £200 to come to his home, but he became aggressive and tied her up with cable ties and gagged her with a sock.

The court heard Doak carried her to the bedroom where, on the Crown case, he forced her to perform sex acts and raped her before placing a plastic bag over her head.

During the struggle a hole developed in the bag and she struggled free and ran to the kitchen, where she armed herself with a knife, and during the ensuing struggle each inflicted bite marks on the other.

Arrested and interviewed, Doak claimed the sexual encounter had been consensual after the victim agreed to bondage-style sex but she became aggressive and attacked him.

Given his confessions yesterday, Doak now accepts he raped the victim.

He was remanded into custody ahead of sentencing on December 13.

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