EXCLUSIVE: Senior Inland Revenue civil servant stands by fiance who raped heavily pregnant woman and celebrated engagement in pub just days before being jailed for nine years
- Gavin Carey was jailed today for nine years for raping a heavily pregnant woman
- His fiancee Lisa Finn told the court in a statement that she was standing by him
- Miss Finn, 41, an HMRC manager, said she was doing so ‘with good reason, he’s a good man’
- Carey’s victim said she desperately tried to protect her baby bump during the attack at a house
- After a jury found him guilty, Carey, 28, proposed to his partner, a civil servant
- The couple celebrated with an engagement and farewell party at their local pub in Washington, Tyne and Wear, on Sunday
A senior civil servant at the Inland Revenue today vowed to stand by her fiance as he was jailed for nine years for raping a heavily-pregnant woman.
Gavin Carey, 28, ignored his victim’s desperate pleas that her unborn child could be hurt as he carried out the shocking attack, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
He was convicted of rape following a trial in October and the court heart how his victim desperately tried to protect her baby bump during the attack at a house.
After a jury found him unanimously guilty, Carey proposed to his partner Lisa Finn, a manager at HMRC, who told the court in a statement: ‘I will stand by him with good reason.’
Lisa Finn, a senior civil servant at the Inland Revenue today vowed to stand by her fiance Gavin Carey (both pictured) as he was jailed for nine years for raping a heavily-pregnant woman
Carey, 28, (pictured today at court) ignored his victim’s desperate pleas that her unborn child could be hurt as he carried out the shocking attack, Newcastle Crown Court heard
Miss Finn, who has worked for HMRC for 25 years, filed a statement to the court about her rapist fiancé in which she said she was standing by him ‘with good reason, he is a good man’
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Miss Finn watched on in court as Carey was jailed and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
He was sentenced just days after hosting an ‘engagement and farewell’ party with Miss Finn in a function room at their local pub in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
The couple hired a DJ and put on a buffet for around 30 friends and family in a room decorated with banners and balloons for the party, which began at 12pm on Sunday.
One source with knowledge of the party said: ‘A number of civil servants were in attendance. It is wrong that civil servants are condoning this disgusting crime.’
Yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court Judge Sarah Mallet told Carey: ‘You got on top of her and you raped her.
Carey was jailed for nine years today and made to sign the sex offenders register for life
‘She tried to tell you you were hurting the baby, as she tried to wriggle away.’
The court heard Carey, who is a musician, met Miss Finn just before he was interviewed over the rape allegation.
Miss Finn, who has worked for HMRC for 25 years, filed a statement to the court about her rapist fiancé.
The 41-year-old said: ‘Even though Gavin is much younger than myself, he is very mature.
‘He has family values, is hard working and will help anyone.’
She added that she is a ‘good judge of character’ who has her own car and home and is independent.
She said: ‘If Gavin wasn’t in my life I would be heartbroken, plans to marry and have babies would be ruined.
‘Gavin means everything to me and that is why I am committed to him.
‘He has brought so much positivity to my life.
‘I will stand by him for good reason, he is a good man.’
His victim said in an impact statement: ‘I think about it every single day. It has changed me as a person. My priority was to protect my baby bump.
Carey (pictured arriving at court today with Miss Finn) was sentenced just days after hosting an ‘engagement and farewell’ party with his fiancee at a pub in Washington, Tyne and Wear
The couple hired a DJ and put on a buffet for around 30 friends and family in a room decorated with banners and balloons for the party, which began at 12pm on Sunday
‘I keep replaying it over and over again in my head, thinking what I could have done differently so this wouldn’t have happened.’
The woman said Carey had ‘crazed, focused and determined’ eyes during the attack and added: ‘I don’t think I will ever forget that image’.
She said she cried for days after the attack and added: ‘I kept apologising to my baby bump and cried every time I thought about it.
‘To do that to someone at their most vulnerable is disgusting and low.
‘After my baby was born I felt so guilty. I felt it was an attack on both of us.’
Cathy McCulloch, defending, said Carey, who was supported by family and friends at court, was a ‘confident and kind’ person.
Miss McCulloch said Carey will co-operate with the authorities while serving his sentence despite the fact he continues to deny his guilt over the attack.
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