Vile Man From Wigan Sentenced to Six Years After Raping Woman

Michael Taberner, 34, has been sentenced to six years in prison after sending a text message to a woman from Blackburn to apologise for raping her.

He continued to sexually assault the woman even after she pleaded for him to stop and repeatedly said ‘no’.

He later texted his victim, a woman in her 30s, acknowledging what he had done and apologising.

The ‘manipulative and cowardly’ rapist from Wigan denied any wrongdoing to the Police and said any sexual activity was consensual.

At Preston Crown Court, Taberner was found guilty by a jury of two counts of rape. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

DC Vicky Heys, of East CID, said: “Taberner is a manipulative and cowardly individual who consistently lied about what he had done, despite having sent text messages to the victim acknowledging his vile behaviour.”

”He continued to toy with his victim’s emotions by taking the case to trial and forced her to go through the ordeal of giving evidence. This was despite the overwhelming evidence against him.”

“I would like to praise the victim in this case for the bravery and strength she has shown throughout this process. Hopefully she may now be able to sleep slightly easier at night, knowing that her attacker is now behind bars.”

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