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Rapist jailed for 8 years

December 12, 2012, 6:28 pm

A man who raped and beat a woman in Salford has today been jailed.

Scott Larkin (28/01/1991) from the Swinton area pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of attempted rape at an earlier hearing.

Today, Wednesday 12 December 2012, he was sentenced to eight years in prison and given an extended licence of six years. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

Shortly before 1.30am on Sunday 11 December 2011, a 19-year-old girl was walking down Campbell Road as she was looking for her friend who had got lost after a night out.

The woman saw a man walking towards her and due to the time of night and the fact she was alone, she became concerned and started to walk towards the East Lancs Road, where she believed more people may be around.

As the woman walked past a ginnel, she felt the man grab her from behind. The man, who was wearing a balaclava, covered her mouth with his hand and then dragged her down the ginnel, where he punched her repeatedly in the face and subjected her to a vicious attack, before he sexually assaulted and raped her.

Shortly after 2am, two police officers on patrol in a car in the Folly Lane area of Swinton saw a man stood in the ginnel. As they got out of the car, the man ran off and officers found the 19-year-old woman in a distressed state on the floor and suffering from severe facial injuries.

Officers searched the area but were unable to find the offender, but recovered a mobile phone which they were able to trace back to Larkin.

Senior Investigating Officer Andy Tattersall said: Larkin encountered this young woman by chance in the early hours of that Sunday morning and subjected her to a horrific attack, one which is sadly likely to haunt this young lady for many years to come.

“Thankfully, the passing police officers disturbed Larkin, preventing him from putting his victim through any further ordeal.

“A thorough investigation was launched to identify the person responsible and today, Larkin has rightly been put behind bars for what he did. I am pleased he has been exposed as the dangerous sex attacker he is and I hope his victim can feel some sense of justice now he has been jailed.

“We have a range of support services available for victims of sexual offences, to support them from the moment they contact us and all the way through the court process. Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims.

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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