Tyne & Wear

Man jailed for rape of woman in Whitley Bay

Keith Dillon
Image caption Keith Dillon offered to walk his victim to a taxi rank

A man who raped a woman on her way home from a night out in North Tyneside has been jailed for eight years.

Keith Dillon, 24, had befriended the 21-year-old, offering to walk her to a taxi rank in Whitley Bay on 16 April.

Instead he attacked her in a lane behind North Parade. Police said the incident had left her feeling as if her life had been "stolen".

Dillon, of Abbotsford Park in the town, had denied rape but was found guilty after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Det Sgt Kimberley Flynn, of Northumbria Police's rape investigation team, said: "This was a horrible attack on a young woman who has been left severely traumatised.

"As a result of this attack she feels afraid to go out and see her friends in the way other young women do.

"She feels as though her life has been stolen from her.

"Despite this trauma, she has had the courage to support the investigation at every step and I would like to thank her and her family for their continued support.

"I hope this sentence will help her to start to put her life back together and move on from what has happened."

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