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12 December 2012, 19:21
A man has been locked up for dragging a 19 year old woman into an alleyway and raping her in Salford, after he had a fight with her boyfriend and went to find him.
22 year old Scott Larkin, followed his 19 year old victim as she left her family home to meet up with where she thought her partner was.
He punched her several times in a brutal assault in Swinton and attempted to strangle her before he was fortunately disturbed by two policewomen on patrol in the area.
Larkin was jailed for eight years at Manchester Minshull Street Court and told he would remain on licence for 10 years when he is released in custody having served half his sentence.
He pleaded guilty to rape and attempted rape just four days before a scheduled trial in July after previously denying the offences. The court heard he had pleaded not guilty because he was concerned about the impact it would have on his own family.
Charlotte Crangle, prosecuting, said the victim had been out for a family meal and was due to return home when she had a disagreement with her boyfriend while waiting for a taxi and he left her. She said: “When she arrived home she realised her boyfriend was not there. Because she was concerned he was not familiar with the area she searched for him.”
The woman went to where she thought he might go in the early hours of December 11 last year but was then attacked in the Folly Lane area by a drink and drug-fuelled Larkin who had had an argument with his own girlfriend earlier.
A mobile phone discovered at the scene was traced back to the defendant and he was arrested. He lied to detectives that he had seen a man fighting a female and had chased after him.