An aspiring physicist who raped a woman and left her considering suicide has been jailed.
Joseph McKeown, 23, hoped to start out a PhD in biophysics on the University of York and was described as having a ‘brilliant academic mind’, a court docket heard.
He has now been sentenced to 5 and a half years for raping and sexually assaulting his sufferer.
The woman instructed the court docket she had come near taking her life because of his actions.
In a private assertion she stated: ‘Both the pain and anger that I felt then, I feel now, but more intensely. They are not subsiding and I feel almost powerless.’
McKeown’s barrister Julian Goode stated the defendant had the potential to do ‘incredibly important work that will assist the public generally’.
He additionally highlighted his references from York lecturers, who ‘support’ him returning to college put up launch.
Mr Goode added: ‘It is however, not their decision.’
Sentencing McKeown, Judge Simon Hickey stated: ‘This was persistent. She made it quite clear on a number of occasions she didn’t need it and you continued.’
The physicist should additionally signal the intercourse offenders’ register for all times and is banned from ever working with susceptible individuals or contacting the sufferer in any manner.
A University of York spokesman stated: ‘For safeguarding and responsibility of care causes, the college requires potential college students to reveal any unspent legal convictions so it may possibly assess whether or not admission will be granted.
‘The university reserves the right to cancel or withdraw admission upon disclosure of such convictions. The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance.’