May 2019

Rapist returns to Hull after early release from prison

A notorious Hull rapist who attacked a woman as she slept has been released early from prison.

Dean Prendergast, 39, who used to work as a security guard at Kingswood Retail Park, is out on licence and living in north Hull after being jailed in 2016 for raping a woman after a house party.

A four-day trial at Hull Crown Court in 2016 heard how Prendergast had “tried it on” with his victim earlier in the night, but after refusing his advances, she went to sleep.

When she woke, she found Prendergast naked and raping her.

He told her: “I know it’s wrong, but it feels so right.”

During the trial, the victim attended court to read an impact statement.

She told the court: “Any time I got a call from the police or the court to give me an update on the case, it was very upsetting and it would bring it all flooding back.

“All I wanted to do was to move on with my life and put this all behind me, but I couldn’t.

“I wanted to live my life without having to explain to people who weren’t in my close friends or family what I was going through, but I couldn’t.”

Prendergast was jailed for four-and-a-half-years by Judge Mark Bury who told him: “You raped her while she was sleeping and she will no doubt remember that for the rest of her life.”

Following the trial, several of Pendergast’s ex-girlfriends came forward to tell of his “possessive” and “controlling” nature.

One said that during a two-month relationship, Prendergast became controlling and would bang on the door in the early hours demanding to be let in thinking she was with other men.

Another former partner said he dumped her when she took too long to answer a message from him even though she was attending to her young daughter.

Residents on the street where he is now living in north Hull said they were shocked to see him in the neighbourhood.

Prendergast has served half of his four-and-a-half-year sentence in prison, and will now serve the rest on licence in the community. He is also on the sex offenders register for life.

November 2016

Exposed: Dating website profile of sex monster who raped sleeping woman at house party

A sex monster – who raped a sleeping woman at a party – poses as a cuddly, romantic on his web dating profile.

Pervert Dean Prendergast, 36, was jailed yesterday for four-and-a-half years for forcing himself on the party-goer, who woke to find him naked and raping her.

Prendergast told his horrified victim as she awoke to find him having sex with her: “I know it’s wrong, but it feels so right.”

Today, another woman – who met the security guard on Plenty Of Fish – exposes how Prendergast enjoyed “very rough sex” including hair-pulling and choking.

On his web profile, the rapist says he is a “fun loving man” who is after more than “just fun or one night stands” and likes using sunbeds and nights in with “food, drinks, banter”.

He also says he is “looking to date and to get to know someone”, although not time wasters as he had been “messed around way to many times”.

Prendergast, of Hull, East Yorks, also says “cold nights = cuddles” in chillingly misleading statements on the popular dating website.

During his rape trial at Hull Crown Court, Prendergast said he had drunk 20 bottles of Stella Artois lager and “some” Amaretto on the night of the crime.

Jailing Prendergast, Judge Mark Bury said: “You raped her while she was sleeping and she will no doubt remember that for the rest of her life.”

After he was convicted, other women have came forward to describe Prendergast as “obsessive” and a “sex pest”.

The woman he dated said: “He was always drinking and became so paranoid whenever my phone would go off. He would claim it wasn’t really my dad texting me and that I had changed the name. Even when we were just seeing each other he told me I couldn’t date anyone else, and I told him a few times he needed to back off and stop being so controlling”.

She said Prendergast would “punch walls” in front of her when he became angry and openly admitted the steroids he was taking in order to gain muscle would cause anger problems and sometimes “even make him black out”.