A CONVICTED rapist who continues to deny any wrong-doing has been made subject to an extended determinate prison sentence of 22 years, to be followed by four years on licence supervision.

The sentence was imposed on David Simpson as it is considered he continues to pose a risk of further sexual harm to women due to his refusal to accept blame and his lack of insight into his crimes.

Judge James Adkin made the comments as he passed sentence at Durham Crown Court on the 46-year-old defendant, following his conviction at trial in November.

Simpson, of Queensway, Consett, denied five counts of rape and one of sexual assault, but after a four-day trial, in November, the jury returned guilty verdicts to all six offences.

Sentence was adjourned for preparation of a psychiatric report on Simpson, who has remained in custody since his conviction.

When the case came back for the sentencing hearing, the court was told of the deep psychological harm his offending has caused.

Andrew Finlay, mitigating, told the court: “Obviously, as he has continued to deny the offences it restricts what can be said on his behalf.

“He’s a man effectively of previous good character with only one old conviction.”

Mr Finlay said Simpson seemed to have formed, “some warped sense of consent,” over his actions.

Judge Adkin said: “The problem with offending like this is it displays a form of sexualised behaviour setting alarm bells ringing, suggesting a deeply ingrained attitude to women which is difficult to shift.

“Until he gains some insight into his proclivities and understands the pain he has inflicted on his victims, the risk continues.”

Simpson, who must serve at least two-thirds of the custodial sentence before he can be considered for parole, and may have to serve the full 22 years, was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and sex offender registration, both for life.