Woman left terrified by sex attack in own home

Carl Keegans, jailed for seven years for sexually assaulting a woman in her own home.
Carl Keegans, jailed for seven years for sexually assaulting a woman in her own home.
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A DAD-TO-BE who made a woman think she would be killed during a terrifying sex attack in her own home has been jailed for seven years.

Carl Keegans, aged 23, forced his victim onto her bed before putting her in a headlock and twisting her neck, leaving her ‘thoroughly traumatised’.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Keegans made her perform a sex act, and when she asked why he was attacking her he replied he had ‘no job, no prospects and a pregnant girlfriend’.

Keegans fled after the attack and the woman was left so scared she has moved out of her South Yorkshire home.

Judge Alan Goldsack QC said the assault was ‘extremely serious’, and that people have an ‘absolute right’ to feel safe in their own homes.

Keegans lived with his heavily pregnant girlfriend and had been drinking for most of the day before the incident, Judge Goldsack said.

He said his victim was getting ready to go to bed at just before 10pm when Keegans knocked on her door.

Judge Goldsack told him: “When she opened the door you barged in, grabbed her and forced her into a bedroom. You had your hand over her mouth to prevent her screaming.”

Keegans pulled the woman into the living room where she asked him what he wanted.

“You said you had no job, no prospects and a pregnant girlfriend,” the judge said.

“When she stood up you grabbed her again, dragged her to the main bedroom, threw her on the bed and straddled her.

“She clearly thought you were going to rape her. That thought will have been reinforced when you put her in a headlock and twisted her neck.”

When the woman fought back, Keegans covered her in a duvet and pillow.

“She felt she would suffocate,” Judge Goldsack said. “That went on for what seemed to her a long time.

“You left a thoroughly traumatised victim.”

Keegans admitted causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent, and sexual assault.

The judge said: “When sexual offences occur at night in the victim’s own home – where she has an absolute right to feel safe – the offence comes right at the top of the gravity scale. These were extremely serious sexual offences.”

Keegans, of Arden Gate, Balby, Doncaster, will remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.