Jailed rapist has sentence extended following new attack in HMP Littlehey

Liam McCarthy, 28, was serving a 17-year sentence at HMP Littlehey, Perry, at the time of the attack

Liam McCarthy, 28, was serving a 17-year sentence at HMP Littlehey, Perry, at the time of the attack. - Credit: Archant

A convicted rapist has had 32 months added to his sentence after trapping and attacking a female prison guard in his cell.

Liam McCarthy, 28, was serving a 17-year sentence at HMP Littlehey, Perry, at the time of the attack.

The court heard how the guard entered McCarthy’s cell to complete a routine inspection before he grabbed her throat and choked her.

Before other guards could intervene, McCarthy barricaded the door shut with a wardrobe and other items.

Shortly afterwards, guards managed to force their way into the cell to find McCarthy shirtless on top of the victim.


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She was not seriously injured but was extremely shaken and upset.

He pleaded guilty today to false imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm at Peterborough Crown Court.

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Detective Constable Tom Nuttall said: “This vicious attack could have continued had the victim’s colleagues not intervened.

“Today’s result means that this violent individual will not be free to harm the public for a long time.”

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