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A man has been sentenced to six years in prison after raping a woman while she slept in Salford last summer.

Daniel James, 22, of Nelson Drive, Cadishead, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court yesterday after admitting one count of rape in the early hours of July 6th, 2019.

The court heard that James went into the room where the 50-year-old victim was sleeping, before raping her while she slept. James ran off as the woman woke up and tried to fight him off.

The victim made a report to the police later that day. Officers went to the address, but James made off on foot when he saw the police. James handed himself in the next day and was charged with rape.

After pleading guilty to rape in October 2020, James has now been ordered to serve six years and three months in custody and made to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

Detective Constable Leanne Jackson of GMP’s Swinton CID said: “James preyed on a vulnerable woman while she was asleep and defenceless to stop him as he carried out his abhorrent actions; now I hope the sentence he’s been given goes some way to ensuring he faces the consequences of that horrific night.

“I want to thank the victim for her stoic bravery during what has been an immensely difficult time between the attack and finally securing justice today.

“I hope that she is able to take some comfort from the closure of this case knowing James is locked up, and can safely lead the rest of her life.

If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, you are urged to seek support.
Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a service run by women, for women. They can be called on 01612734500 or emailed at help@manchesterrapecrisis.co.uk
Survivors Manchester provides support to boys and men and can be contacted via 01612362182.

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