Sex at­tacker is locked up af­ter rape at­tempt is caught on cam­era

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

A2 5 - Y E AR- O L D man has been jailed af­ter his at­tempts to rape a woman were caught on cam­era.

Jor­don Preece, a self­em­ployed dec­o­ra­tor of Hurds­field Road, Macclesfield, pleaded guilty to at­tempted rape and sex­ual as­sault at Ch­ester Crown Court.

The court heard that Preece be­friended the vic­tim, who is in her 20s, and of­fered to walk her home.

He sub­jected the vic­tim to a se­ri­ous sex­ual as­sault while she was se­verely in­tox­i­cated.

Un­known to Preece, his act had not only been caught on cam­eras, but seen by a wit­ness, who was re­motely mon­i­tor­ing them.

The wit­ness re­ported the in­ci­dent to Cheshire Po­lice.

The court heard that of­fi­cers at­tempted de­tain Preece.

Af­ter a short strug­gle, Preece es­caped, but he was ar­rested within forty min­utes by Cheshire Po­lice and later charged and re­manded in cus­tody to await trial.

Preece was sen­tenced to five years in pri­son af­ter plead­ing guilty to both of­fences.

Fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing, De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Clare Cole­man, from the Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary

to Ded­i­cated Rape Unit, said: “The na­ture of this man’s crimes can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“He sin­is­terly at­tacked his vic­tim, prey­ing on her vul­ner­a­bil­ity through drink.

“The vic­tim will live with this for the rest of her life, but she is be­ing sup­ported by spe­cial­ists from a part­ner agency.

“The strength of ev­i­dence pre­sented to the court un­doubt­edly led Preece to plead guilty.

“Rape and sex­ual as­saults are amongst the most trau­matic of crimes.

“We want vic­tims to be as­sured that we are here to help.

“Any­one who has been sub­jected to this type of crime should feel con­fi­dent that they will re­ceive the sup­port they need from the Ded­i­cated Rape Unit and other sup­port agen­cies we work along­side.

“Fore­most, any vic­tim of a crime such as this will be treated with the dig­nity and re­spect they de­serve, and any al­le­ga­tions will be thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated, with the needs of the vic­tim as our main pri­or­ity.” ●● IF you need con­fi­den­tial ad­vice and sup­port you can con­tact the Rape & Sex­ual Abuse Sup­port Cen­tre on 0925 221 546 or the 24 hour Na­tional Do­mes­tic Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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