Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THE TEXT BOOK RAPIST ; Fiend Had Books on Choking and Violence Applause as 'Sadistic' Pervert Is Jailed for Life

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THE TEXT BOOK RAPIST ; Fiend Had Books on Choking and Violence Applause as 'Sadistic' Pervert Is Jailed for Life

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ASEX beast who stalked women and brutally raped them was found to have his own chilling library of books detailing techniques for choking, strangling and attacking victims.

Adam Downworth, 32, cruised the streets of Stockport and Gorton in his works van and targeted five lone victims at random, taking 'sadistic pleasure' from their suffering.

He smirked in the dock as he was jailed for life at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Downworth was told he will serve a minimum of 15 years before he is considered for parole after a jury found him guilty of the sickening attacks. After his arrest, detectives discovered his collection of books on ninja fighting, self-defence, forensics and the criminal mind.

In one, he highlighted a chapter on choking and strangling techniques. Another contained a chapter entitled 'criminal night stalkers'.

Alaric Bassano, prosecuting, said: "A striking feature of these attacks is the defendant's use of gratuitous violence against his victims, seemingly unleashed to increase the suffering of the women. The defendant spoke in hateful and degrading ways to some of his victims whilst attacking them and appeared to be deriving sadistic pleasure from their suffering."

Downworth, of Lenham Towers, Brinnington, Stockport, admitted one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was found guilty by the jury of 12 charges including rape, attempted rape and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, following a 13-week trial. During his 10-month reign of terror between December 2011 and September 2012, police offered to give women lifts home at night to avoid them becoming a victim.

Downworth, an office cleaner, carried out four attacks wearing blue surgical gloves from his workplace to avoid his fingerprints being found.

But he was spotted fleeing the scene of his fifth attack, in which he subjected his victim to a 40-minute ordeal. …

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