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Bodybuilder sex beast behind bars after attempted rape of two women

Staffordshire | News | Published:

A drug-fuelled bodybuilder who set out to rape two women in one day – pouring a corrosive substance over one after trying to strangle her – was behind bars today.

Thomas Morris was pumped up on steroids, the amphetamine M Cat and Viagra when he carried out the two sexually-motivated assaults.

Stafford Crown Court heard he had tricked his way into one of his victim's homes, pretending to be 'a paragon of innocence and virtue'.

Morris went into the home of a married woman after telling her he had seen an intruder in her garden.

As Morris followed her back in from the garden, he overpowered her by putting a damp cloth over her face.

Mr Stephen Bailey, prosecuting, said: "It has not been possible to establish what was on that cloth."

When the woman woke up around two hours later her clothes had been ripped and a corrosive liquid had been poured on her body and left her with burns.

It is believed the liquid could have been bleach.

Morris, of Foxtail Way, Wimblebury, Cannock, later claimed the woman had been attacked by an unknown intruder and he had tried to resuscitate her.

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Mr Bailey told the court it was the second assault Morris had carried out on September 5.

In the early hours of the day, Morris had taken his first victim to Chasewater and attacked her after asking 'Does anyone know you're here?'

He put a gloved hand over her mouth and said 'don't scream'.

She managed to push him off and Morris said 'Only joking – would not hurt a girl'.

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He eventually took her back to Walsall, the court heard, but she was shaken and upset.

Mr Paul Lamb, defending Morris, said: "His use of steroids made him impotent.

"He tried the drug Viagra but because of the use of the steroids it had little effect."

Locking Morris up for five years and eight months, Judge Michael Elsom said: "You tried to persuade others you were a paragon of innocence and virtue.

"Nothing could be further from the truth."

Judge Michael Elsom said Morris had intended to rape both women but the reasons he failed to do so were not known.

"You had taken Viagra. The only reason you had taken it was to enhance your sexual performance," the judge told him.

Morris admitted two charges of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He also admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, assault causing actual bodily harm and assault by beating.

Judge Elsom imposed a five-year licence period on Morris's release. He will also have to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

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