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Man jailed for 12 years for Manchester tourist rape

Stephen Johnson Image copyright GMP
Image caption Stephen Johnson was found guilty of raping his victim twice near Piccadilly Gardens

A man who raped and sexually assaulted a tourist in Manchester city centre has been jailed for 12 years.

Stephen Johnson, of Spruce Court, Salford was convicted at an earlier hearing of attacking the 20-year-old female visitor to the UK in June 2013.

After his Manchester Crown Court trial, Johnson, 29, was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

Det Con Emma Cyprien from Greater Manchester Police praised the victim for "standing up to Johnson" in court.

He approached his victim when she was walking in Piccadilly Gardens on the evening of 12 June 2013 and asked her for a cigarette, police said.

'Took advantage'

The woman, who was drunk, sat down and chatted with him before attempting to leave.

Johnson "took advantage" of her and started to touch her inappropriately before pulling her into an alleyway.

There, police said, he raped her before doing so again after she again tried to walk away.

He continued to sexually assault the woman despite her feeling faint.

She eventually managed to escape to two refuse collectors nearby. They contacted police who arrested Johnson at the scene.

Ms Cyprien said: "Johnson could clearly see the victim was in no state to consent to any sexual activity and it is a reflection of his character that he took advantage of her, raped and sexually assaulted her."

She praised the refuse collectors for helping her.

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