'I now feel safe' - Victim's relief as convicted rapist who broke her jaw in Norwich street attack is jailed
PUBLISHED: 12:32 11 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 11 November 2017
A young woman whose jaw was broken by a convicted rapist whose advances she rejected said she now feels 'safe', after a judge jailed her attacker.
Malaki Morgan, branded a danger to women by the judge who sent him to prison, punched model-agency worker Charlotte Steven, 21, to the floor in Adelaide Street in Norwich in the early hours, the city’s crown court heard.
Miss Steven, who was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after Morgan’s strike left her with a fractured jaw, said of her attacker’s imprisonment: “I now feel safe and I know he can’t do this to anyone else.
“I have had to go to the hospital four or five times because of this and I’ve had to change my job. I’d previously worked on the phones, but that became something I couldn’t do.
“I was happy with the sentence he got for what he did, because I’d expected a lot less. He’s not just done this once and I think it sends a message that it’s not acceptable.”
Daniel Taylor, prosecuting, said Miss Stevens had three metal plates inserted into her jaw and is continuing to have dental work.
Morgan, 30, of Waddington Street, Norwich, admitted causing grievous bodily harm on April 22 this year.
The court heard he had previous convictions for violence against women, including a rape conviction, for which he served six-and-half-years.
Judge Maureen Bacon imposed a seven-and-a-half year extended sentence, under which he will have to serve 30 months behind bars and then be on extended licence for five years.
She told him: “You pose a high risk of violence to women.”
She said on the night of the attack he had become angry after Miss Steven had told him she was not interested in him.
The judges said: “You became annoyed and said you could have any woman you want. I know you dispute this but it is a plausible explanation for what then happened.”
She said Morgan tried to stop the car Miss Steven was getting a lift home in from leaving and when she confronted him he punched her, knocking her out.
“It was your obnoxious attitude that was the cause of the argument. It was you that chose to issue a punch and one with such severity it fractured her jaw.”
She said he had showed no concern at the time as he had fled the scene.
Judge Bacon also imposed a restraining order on Morgan.
John Morgans, for Morgan, said he deserved credit for his guilty plea and said he was full of remorse.