A rapist is set to die in prison after finally facing justice for his horrific crimes.
Stephen Mahoney was jailed for more than 31 years at Carlisle Crown Court after eventually admitting historic sex offences. The 78-year-old pleaded guilty to charges, including rape and indecent assault.
cumbria-police>Cumbria Police said the charges relate to ‘non-recent sex offences’ that occurred in Cumbria. Mahoney was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register and detectives said “due to his age is unlikely to ever be free again”.
Detective Constable Anthony Wheatcroft said “Mahoney has received a significant sentenced and due to his age is unlikely to ever be free again. During our enquiries we uncovered the scale of his offending.
“He eventually pleaded guilty after denying any wrong doing in interview. We hope that this sentencing sends a clear message to survivors of sexual abuse.
“Cumbria Constabulary is committed to thoroughly and compassionately investigating all reports of rape and serious sexual offences, no matter how much time has passed. We continue to urge anyone who has been victim of a sexual offence to contact police so that our officers can investigate.
“You will be supported throughout our investigation. Support is available in Cumbria for victims of sexual offences and the Constabulary works closely with trusted partner agencies to provide the appropriate support which is tailored to an individual’s circumstances.”
If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, please contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432. If you wish to report to police you can do so online here or call 101.