Teenager Liam Dixon was just 17 when he targeted the victim in a shocking and violent attack

A baby-faced teenager crept into a student nurse’s home and choked her in her own bed until she couldn’t breathe before he raped her.

Liam Dixon was just 17 when he throttled the woman in her own home, leaving her thinking she was going to die.

When his terrified victim tried to get him to stop raping her he told her he had "back up" downstairs.

The attack only came to an end when she managed to convince him a dog barking was someone coming. The woman said she has now been left unable to sleep in her own home.

Dixon, who can be named for the first time since turning 18, broke into the woman’s home in Newcastle last June, crept upstairs to her bedroom and pounced on her, a court heard.

As she struggled to get him off her, Dixon then put both hands around her neck and began choking her “for ages”, to the point where she couldn’t breathe and believed she was going to die.

Despite her begging for mercy, the brute then raped her in a sustained attack in her bed.

The attack only came to an end when the victim, home alone at the time, tricked Dixon into thinking someone was coming when a dog started barking.

Dixon has been locked up for nine years for two charges of rape, the Newcastle Chronicle reported.

Dixon, of Fenham, Newcastle, was found guilty of the offences after a trial and now acknowledges his guilt.

As he was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, a statement from the victim revealed the devastating effect the traumatic ordeal has had on her.

She said: “I was woken from my sleep in my own home in the middle of the night and beaten and raped.

“I’m no longer able to sleep peacefully and since the rape, every little noise and creak has me on edge.

“I am anxious and nervous and have no appetite.

“It’s an emotional rollercoaster of anger, fear, panic, frustration, shame and isolation.

“I can’t relax in my own home, I’m looking to move away.

“I have recurring nightmares about this and my ability to live freely has been taken from me.

“Liam Dixon is clearly a danger to women.

“I honestly thought I was going to die as I couldn’t breathe while being throttled.

“I fear what he will do in the future and I fear for his next victim.”

The court heard the woman was asleep in her bed in the early hours one night last June when she was woken by the sound of a dog barking.

She thought nothing of it but that was when Dixon was gaining entry to the house.

Judge Amanda Rippon told him: “Ten minutes later you crept into her bedroom and jumped straight on top of her.

“She was in shock, she was saying ‘What are you doing’ and tried to get you off her, tried to push you away.

“That’s when you put both hands around her neck, squeezing for quite some time.

“She describes you keeping your hands round her neck for ages, choking her so she couldn’t breathe.

“She told the court she really thought she was going to die.

“When you finally stopped strangling her she thought she had no choice but to let you do what you wanted to do.”

Dixon then raped the woman, refusing her request to be let go.

Judge Rippon said: “She tried to put on a lamp so she could see your face but you would not let her. She tried to reach her phone but couldn’t.

“She believes you hit her or applied force to her face somehow because she had dried blood on her face afterwards.

“She felt it lasted a long time but it was probably about half an hour.”

Dixon claimed to have “back up” downstairs and asked the victim to let him finish raping her.

The ordeal was brought to an end when a dog started barking again and the woman tricked Dixon by saying it was her friend coming in and he fled.

Judge Rippon said: “She said if it had not been for the dog barking and her thinking to say it was her friend returning, which it was not, she thinks the incident would have lasted much longer and been much worse than it already was.”

The judge paid tribute to the victim, who was forced to give evidence at Dixon’s trial as he denied the charges.

Judge Rippon said: “She struck me as an extraordinarily brave woman.”

Dixon, who has previous convictions for wounding and battery, was found guilty of two counts of rape and was locked up for nine years and must sign the sex offenders register for life and was made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

The court heard that since his conviction, Dixon, who had drunk alcohol and taken drugs at the time, has acknowledged his guilt and expressed remorse.

Rachael Landin, defending, said: “He would like to say sorry to the victim but knows he can’t.”