A man who raped a woman by pushing her into a tent in Hale has been jailed
Daniel Woolf aged 37 of no fixed address was sentenced today Match 29th to 19 years behind bars after a jury at Minshull Street Crown Court found him guilty of rap, false imprisonment and assault.
Woolf pleaded guilty to breaching a sex offender notification at a previous hearing.
The court heard how on October 15th last year Woolf approached the victim who is in her 30’s at around 1am at Altrincham train station.
Woolf led her away from the station before dragging her into a tent which was in wooded area off South Downs Drive in Hale.
The woman tried to run away but he threw her in to a bush before punching and kicking her until she went back in to the tent.
Woolf then pushed her to the floor and raped her during the ordeal which lasted several hours.
She managed to flee to a nearby shop where she raised the alarm.
Police were immediately called and Woolf was arrested shortly after.
He was previously jailed in July 2015 and given a seven-year sex offenders notice after being convicted of sexual assault.
Detective Constable Helen Bagnall of GMP’s Trafford Borough said: “The woman was obviously terrified when Woolf dragged her into a tent and raped her, what she has been through is horrendous.
“She was extremely brave managing to alert a shop worker and I want to thank them in turn for contacting us so we could apprehend Woolf.
“He preyed on the fact that the woman didn’t really know the area and used that to his advantage to inflict his horrific assault where not only did he rape her, but he held her in a tent for hours.
“Woolf is now absolutely where he deserves to be with plenty of time to consider the disgusting and predatory actions that have left him locked away behind bars.”
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, Greater Manchester Police encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to them or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
You can call GMP on 101, or refer yourself to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6615 and that’s whether or not you want to make a police report.
Or Manchester Rape Crisis Centre on 0161 273 4500 and Survivors Manchester on 07919 246 267 you can call them no matter when you had been raped.