Manchester

Partington rapist found guilty after retrial

Christopher Hudson
Image caption Hudson's victim had to relive her ordeal twice

A 43-year-old rapist from Greater Manchester, who appealed against his original conviction has been found guilty for a second time.

Christopher Hudson, 43, was found guilty of rape at his first trial in 2008 at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

After his retrial at the same court, a judge jailed Hudson of Wood Lane, Partington, for four years.

Time was deducted from his original six-year sentence for time served.

Hudson was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

After the trial, police said that Hudson had been staying at a friend's house in Stretford during the early hours of 20 May 2007, when he sexually attacked his victim.

He went into her bedroom and tried to kiss her, but was told to get out, then later returned and raped her, police said.

Forensic examinations concluded that his DNA profile matched that found on his victim, who is now aged 24.

Det Con Sandra Callender said: "This was a traumatic experience for Hudson's victim and she has been left extremely distressed not just by being attacked, but by having to go through the ordeal of two trials.

"Of course Hudson was entitled to appeal against the court's first decision, but as a result of having a retrial, the victim has had to relive those events in public twice.

"I know she has found this very difficult, but it is testament to her strength of character that she did give evidence again and ensure Hudson stays behind bars, where he belongs."

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