Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Predator Jailed for Sex Attack

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Predator Jailed for Sex Attack

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk

A PREDATOR who preyed on a drunken woman has become the first to be jailed under Operation Sanctuary.

Gurhan Sayan picked up his 28-year-old victim and assaulted her after finding her slumped on the roadside as he drove through Newcastle, the city's Crown Court heard.

The victim, who was planning on meeting a friend in town, had fallen after losing her shoe outside the Union Rooms bar, on Westgate Road.

She remembered being approached by a man who gave her back her shoe and put a hand on her shoulder, but the next thing she recalls is waking up on the back seat of a car, 20 minutes later, before the driver who she had never met before, climbed into the back and sexually assaulted her.

Sayan, of Plunkett Terrace, Chester-le-Street, pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Jailing him for 45 months, Judge Tim Roberts QC branded the 45-year-old a predator.

In mitigation Julie Clemitson said Syan had not planned the attack. …

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