A man who broke into a woman’s home and raped her at knife point has been given a life sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court today March 23.

Neil Thompson
Neil Anthony Thompson

On Nov 12 last year the 22-year-old woman returned to her Old Trafford home, when she heard a noise, thinking it was a car she thought nothing of it and continued what she was doing, then she heard another louder bang, it was then her bedroom door swung open.

He stormed in and armed with a knife told the woman he wanted her money and that she had to remove all her clothes, fearing for her life she did what he asked, Thompson then raped the woman several times, and in different locations of the property.

During the attack he continued to threaten his victim with the knife, she suffered for an hour at the hands of Thompson, before escaping and then alerted neighbours.

Following further extensive esquires Thompson was located and arrested in the early hours of Nov 15.

Neil Anthony Thompson aged 28 of Oswald Road in Chorlton was given life in prison with a minimum term of eight years.

Thompson pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape, three sexual assaults, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence and burglary.

Detective Sergeant Rebecca Mills, of GMP’s Trafford Borough said: “This was an absolutely horrific and completely random rape of a young woman in her home by a man she had never seen or spoken to before.

“This is one of the most horrendous incidents I have been involved with investigating and the details of it will no doubt send cold shivers down spines of anyone who hears them.

“The courage that Thompson’s victim has shown, not only by managing to escape and get help, but by then coming forward to police, assisting the investigation throughout and speaking out in court is nothing short of phenomenal.

“This was reflected in comments made by a judge during today’s sentencing when he commended her for the bravery she showed on the night and then again coming face to face with her attacker and delivering a victim impact statement in court today.

“I would also like to thank her and pay tribute to her for this bravery, and I just hope the significant sentenced passed today will bring her some comfort to know that her help has taken a dangerous man off the streets and seen justice served,”

 

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