Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rapist Jailed for Brutal Attack in Dead-End Street ; Victim Pounced on by Bins and Left on Ground Shamed Fiend Was 'Too Drunk to Remember'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rapist Jailed for Brutal Attack in Dead-End Street ; Victim Pounced on by Bins and Left on Ground Shamed Fiend Was 'Too Drunk to Remember'

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ARAPIST who pounced on a woman after she became separated from pals on a night out has been jailed.

Stuart Cleere, 30, attacked the 38-year-old woman by bins at Brazil Street, off Sackville Street, Manchester.

He was linked to the attack by DNA, but claimed that he had little memory of the attack because he was so drunk.

Cleere, of Hodnet Walk, Denton, has now been jailed for five years and three months after admitting raping the woman.

The victim had been socialising with pals but became separated as the night wore on.

Cleere raped her in the deadend street before shoving her onto the wet ground, where she lay for up to 20 minutes, Simon Barrett, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court.

She later found friends who helped her into a cab. The following day she confided in a friend, and contacted St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre five days later.

Cleere was later identified in an identity parade by his victim. The court heard she has been left traumatised - unable to get out bed, 'angry at herself', and floundering in her studies. …

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