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Violent rapist bragged about blinding victim in sickening attack

Peter Winters <i>(Image: Police)</i>
Peter Winters (Image: Police)

A man from Accrington who raped and blinded a victim in a violent attack has been found guilty of his abhorrent crimes.

Peter Winters, 20, lured the woman into his flat and subjected her to a ‘sickening assault’ on June 29, 2021.

The assault included throwing deodorant bottles, shampoo and a broom at her, putting shampoo and toothpaste on her head which ran into her eyes and blinded her, and hitting her in the face with a shower head.

He then boasted to a man about what he had done to her, laughing and telling him to come and look at the victim.

Winters then raped the victim, continuing with the prolonged attack even when she begged him to stop.

He laughed at the distressed victim and then stole money from her before eventually allowing her to leave.

Winters, of Lodge Street, Accrington, was arrested and charged with rape and assault occasioning actually bodily harm.

Following a trial at Preston Crown Court last week he was found guilty of rape.

He had already pleaded guilty assault occasioning actually bodily harm and making an unrelated indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child offence.

Winters was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on January 19, 2024.

DC Alyson Richards, of the Blackburn Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RaSSO) RASSO Unit, said: “I’m delighted that a jury has seen through Winters’ persistent lies.

"The victim in this case has shown immense courage and she can now begin to move past this horrendous ordeal.”