A man from Penwortham has this week been jailed for 19 years for a catalogue of offences committed against three young women. 

Kieran Larbey, 22, raped two of the women and assaulted the third, attempting to suffocate her with a pillow.

Justice caught up with Larbey on Tuesday (March 20) when he was sentenced for three offences of rape, two offences of suffocation, and charges of controlling and coercive behaviour, sexual assault, assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

Detective Inspector Denise Fardella, of Lancashire Police’s south rape and serious sexual offences unit, said: “These were abhorrent offences committed by Larbey and I welcome the prison sentence imposed.

“The victims were all vulnerable and Larbey displayed violent behaviour towards them; they were terrified of him.

“Lancashire Police are committed to protecting women and girls, and we work tirelessly to bring offenders of sexual and violent crimes to justice.

“We urge anyone who have been the victim of offences of this nature, to come forward and report them. You will be listened to and supported.”

Larbey, of Mark Close, Penwortham, pleaded guilty to the offences at a previous hearing in January.

In addition to the prison sentence, an extended licence period of four years was put in place.

Larbey was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.