Gateshead beast Paul Ashton to stay behind bars after failing to follow prison rules and acted inappropriately to staff

Sex beast Paul Ashton will not be released from jail after a hearing heard how he thinks about sex “a lot” and was “supportive of violence”.

The 30-year-old was branded a danger to the public when he was jailed for nine years, in 2016, after subjecting two women to degrading sex attacks at a Gateshead home.

And now the Parole Board has decided he is not safe to be released after hearing a series of risk factors that meant he was more likely to offend.

A hearing last month was told how he was “thinking about sex a lot” had “attitudes supportive of violence” and “difficulties dealing with strong emotions”. He was also said to have “not followed prison rules, had behaved inappropriately towards staff”.

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board refused the release of Paul Ashton following a paper review. Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.

“A panel will carefully examine a huge range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as explore the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.

“Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.”

Ashton was high on drugs when he subjected his two victims to degrading and humiliating attacks in front of each other while robbing them. He also attacked a man who was in the house.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the then 24-year-old armed himself with knives from the kitchen before forcing all three victims to sit on a sofa where he attacked them.

Ashton, then of Thursby Gardens in Low Fell, Gateshead, punched the victims in the head and face and threatened to stab them. The court heard Ashton then forced the women to remove their lower clothing before carrying out the “prolonged” sex attacks.

He denied the offences but was convicted of three charges of robbery, two of assault by penetration and three of common assault by a jury.

Judge Tim Gittens, who jailed Ashton for nine years and order him to sign on to the sex offenders register for life, said: “The women were hysterical and pleading with you to desist. A jury was satisfied there was sexual humiliation and degradation.

“Having completed the sexual assaults, you continued the physical assaults, clearly revelling at having the three of them under your power and control while you were under the influence of drugs.”

In 2018 Ashton had another six months added on to his sentence for exposing himself to a female prison worker from his cell.

In September 2021, Ashton was released on licence. However, he was recalled to prison a month later after taking illegal drugs. This is the second time he has been denied parole since his recall.

The Parole Board spokesman added: “Under current legislation he will be eligible for a further review in due course. The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.”

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