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Ayer man’s rape conviction is overturned

WOBURN — An Ayer man sentenced to serve up to 40 years in prison on a rape conviction has been granted a new trial by the same judge who, in sentencing him, called it the most brutal rape case she had ever seen.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jane Haggerty overturned the 2007 conviction of David Coutu this month because she found his rights had been violated when his mother and a sister were prohibited from entering the courtroom during jury selection. He was convicted on charges of aggravated rape, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, home invasion, masked armed robbery, and burning personal property.

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