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Man jailed for attempted rape of woman in Hackney

News   •   Mar 24, 2020 10:02 GMT

[Guilty: Sean Manning]

A man has been jailed after being found guilty of attempted rape.

Sean Manning, 42 (24.07.77), of no fixed address, was convicted on Monday, 27 January following a three-day trial at Wood Green Crown Court.

On Thursday, 19 March, at the same court, he was sentenced to 15 years in jail, to serve a minimum of ten years.

The court heard that on Sunday, 11 August 2019, Manning met the victim, a woman in her thirties, in a pub in Hackney.

In the early hours of the following morning, as she attempted to leave the premises, Manning started to follow her and asked her to come to an address with him.

When she refused to do so, he became aggressive and dragged her down a staircase at the side of Haggerston Bridge. He then attempted to rape her, physically assaulting her as she struggled to get away.

The victim only managed to escape from Manning after a 14-year-old boy heard her screaming from inside his house.

He came outside and confronted the male before calling police, while Manning fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

He was arrested on Friday, 16 August and remanded in custody until trial.

Detective Constable Mark Papasavva, who led the investigation, said: 

“Sean Manning targeted a vulnerable lone woman who was simply out enjoying an evening with friends.

“He followed her until she was on her own and when she refused to return to his flat, violently attacked her.

“The victim has shown extreme courage and bravery in coming forward in what has clearly been an incredibly stressful and traumatic time for her and I am pleased that Sean Manning has now been convicted.

“I must also praise the bravery of the 14-year-old witness who came forward to assist the victim. His bravery began by bringing this attack to an end and assisted with the conviction of a very dangerous man.

“I hope this case shows how seriously we take these types of offences and encourages other victims of this type of crime to come forward, whatever their circumstances.”