Man jailed for rape of teenager

A MAN who raped a 14-year-old girl on the Newcastle Foreshore with another man was jailed for more than seven years yesterday while his accomplice remains on the run.

Luke Skuthorpe, 26, had  been released on parole only two weeks before he lured the girl from Newcastle train station on January 1, 2012, to an area near Customs House, Judge Peter Berman said.

The girl was so drunk she could barely stand, but she tried to stop Skuthorpe from kissing and fondling her, the court heard.

He led her to an area in the park, put her on the ground and removed some of her clothes while she resisted.

He and the other man   raped the girl telling her, ‘‘You love this, you’re loving this’’, before leaving her lying on the ground.

She eventually found her clothes and got help before attending John Hunter Hospital.

Skuthorpe, formerly of Newcastle, was arrested last March and initially denied having sex with the girl.

When police told him  they had extracted his DNA from the girl he admitted performing an act on her, but when informed  they had extracted his semen from the girl he still maintained he hadn’t had sex with her.

Skuthorpe waited until the day of his trial to plead guilty to aggravated sexual assault.

Judge Berman jailed him for seven years and six months with a non-parole period of five years.

Skuthorpe will be eligible for parole in March 2017.

Skuthorpe was given a discount on his sentence for telling Newcastle District Court how the other man  took part in the rape.