A MAN who raped two women in their own homes has been jailed.

Jordan Nicholson, of Boughey Street, Leigh was sentenced to six years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts of rape at an earlier hearing.

The 23-year-old was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

The case against him began in August 2016 when a 21-year-old woman contacted Cheshire Police to report that she had been raped by Nicholson in July 2016 while she was asleep.

The woman reported that she awoke in the middle of the night to find that Nicholson was raping her.

She pushed him away and screamed at him to stop what he was doing.

The victim showed officers a number of social media messages in which she had discussed the incident with Nicholson.

She also provided messages which related to a similar attack on another woman which had occurred in August 2016.

Nicholson was subsequently arrested and questioned in connection with the two incidents.

Throughout questioning he denied raping the women, repeatedly claiming that the sex was consensual.

Even when he was presented with the social media messages Nicholson continued to deny that he had raped the women.

However, on appearing in court on July 12, he changed his plea to guilty.

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Detective Constable Jayne Boote said: “Sexual assault is a horrific offence, which affects people in the most profound way.

“While the victims will never be able to forget what Nicholson subjected them to, I hope his guilty plea and the custodial sentence he has been handed by the courts provides them with some closure and enables them to begin to move forward with their lives.

“I also hope that this case and the sentence that Nicholson has received encourages other victims of sexual offences to come forward and report the offences to us.

“Cheshire Constabulary takes any allegation of sexual offences extremely seriously.

“Any allegation will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and needs of the victim as our main priority.

“Victims should never feel ashamed to talk about what has happened to them.

“They will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers, as well as from other support agencies we work alongside, and all victims of sexual offences have the right to anonymity.”

To report any sexual offences call police on 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.