“PREDATOR” TEENAGER TRIED TO RAPE WOMEN AFTER EXPOSING HIMSELF IN PARK…HE WAS CAUGHT AFTER VICTIM TOOK A PHOTO OF HIM FLEEING. The 17-year-old was jailed for eight years at Minshull Street Crown Court
November 8, 2019
Manchester Evening News
A teenage boy who exposed himself to two women before attempting to rape them has been jailed for eight years.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, approached both women in Alexander Park in Oldham over the space of two months.
Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard that one of his victims' was threatened with a knife during what was described as a 'disturbing' attack.
On January 17, the boy approached a woman and grabbed her from behind, before trying to drag her into some nearby trees.
His bottom-half was fully exposed during the attack.
The court heard that as the woman resisted, the boy grabbed her wrists and tried to pull her into the trees again.
She eventually managed to free her arms and run away.
On March 14, the boy approached another woman and repeatedly asked her for money, before exposing himself and producing a knife.
He then started to walk closer to her, while pointing the knife at her.
The boy was disturbed by a man walking nearby and ran away.
Police arrested the teenager a day later after the woman was able to take a photograph of the boy as he walked away from her.
CCTV footage showed him near Alexander Park wearing the same clothing as captured in the picture.
He later pleaded guilty to two charges of attempted rape.
Detective Constable Kate Dawson of GMP’s Oldham division said: “The nature of both of these incidents were shocking and disturbing examples of predatory behaviour which have no place in society.
“We are thankful to the victims for their bravery and determination during this process to bring justice to the offender today and hope this brings a degree of closure to those involved in this case.
“We remain committed to ensuring the streets of Greater Manchester are a safe place to be and urge anyone with concerns for their safety to not suffer in silence and to contact police.”
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