On-the-run serial rapist Dean Goodwin jailed for life

  • 30 April 2013
  • From the section England
Dean Goodwin
Image caption Dean Goodwin was told he would serve a minimum of 15 years in jail

A serial sex offender who admitted raping a woman and trying to kill another while on the run from police has been jailed for life.

Dean Goodwin, 32, sparked a manhunt after raping a woman in her home in Poole, Dorset, in November.

Days later he went on to rape and assault another woman in Andover, Hampshire, leaving her for dead.

Goodwin, of Blackburn Road, Poole, admitted a total of 11 offences including attempted murder.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment at Bournemouth Crown Court for attempted murder, five counts of rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment. He was told he would serve a minimum of 15 years.

'Sadistic' attack

Goodwin will also serve concurrent 18-month and 12-month sentences for two burglaries.

Sentencing Goodwin, Judge Samuel Wiggs described him as "very dangerous indeed".

He described the attack in Andover as "sadistic".

The court heard Goodwin, who has a severe personality disorder, was high on cocaine and steroids when he committed the offences.

Goodwin raped the woman in Poole on 23 November, sparking a public appeal by police to find him.

He had forced entry into the woman's home after posing as a police officer.

'Played dead'

He moved on to Andover where he attacked his second victim on 26 November.

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said the second victim "thought the only way she could survive was to play dead" and held her breath.

Goodwin was arrested by armed police in Poole a day later.

He has previous convictions for sexual offences and went on the run in the Bristol area in 2009.

Det Insp Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police, said: "Dean Goodwin was responsible for a number of heinous crimes and his victims were understandably left terrified by his vile actions.

"This was a labour intensive manhunt which involved many departments within the force working with partner agencies to track down Goodwin and make sure that our communities were safe."

Also speaking after the sentencing, Det Ch Insp Stuart Murray, from Hampshire Constabulary, said Goodwin's offences had "shocked the community of Andover where crimes of this nature are extremely rare" and commended the Andover victim, who was in court, for her "bravery" in helping the police.

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