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5 August 2011, 17:25
A Manchester man's been jailed for 10 years after raping a woman in her own bed.
27 year old Kevin Patton, aka Kevin Sheridan of Summerfield Road, Woodhouse Park, Manchester was convicted of rape at an earlier trial.
He was also sentenced to six months in prison, to run consecutively, for unrelated matters of theft, aggravated vehicle taking and driving offences and has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
In the early hours of Sunday 15 August 2010, Patton was present during a disturbance in a street in Partington, involving the 23-year-old victim, who had just returned from a night out with friends.
He told police at the scene he was in a relationship with the victim, despite having never met her before. Following the disturbance the victim left and went to bed.
A short time later, Patton left a nearby house and told the occupants he would check up on the victim and make sure she was okay.
He was told not to as she would be asleep, but he broke into her house, went upstairs and raped her in her bed.
After he had left the victim found a knife beside her bed. Patton's fingerprint was later found on that knife.
Police were called and Patton was arrested the following day.
Detective Constable Jon Weir, from the Trafford Sexual Offences Unit, said:
'This was a horrific and traumatic crime which has, understandably, had a major impact on the victim's life.
'It appears that Patton targeted her because he knew she was upset and had had a drink and lied to police about being her boyfriend.
'He later broke into her house, where she should have been safe, and raped her in her own bed while she was asleep.
'His attack continued after she woke up and pleaded with him to stop. He was armed with a knife, which I have no doubt he would have used it if he had not got his own way.
'Patton is a danger to women and thankfully he has been brought to justice.
'I want to pay tribute to the victim, as it is only due to her bravery in reporting the matter and giving evidence in court that Patton is now where he belongs, behind bars.
'I hope that anyone reading this who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault will see that Greater Manchester Police and the courts take these offences very seriously, and if they have not already done so I would encourage them to report any such offences to us.'