Updated: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 @ 8:07am

Manchester rape victim 'courageously relived her ordeal' as sex offender jailed

Manchester rape victim 'courageously relived her ordeal' as sex offender jailed

| By Samar Maguire

A brave woman has 'courageously relived her ordeal' by giving evidence at Manchester Crown Court, as a rapist is jailed for five years in prison and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Samuel Wilson, 23, was found guilty on September 10 2015 after raping the woman in a flat on Laystall Street where she was having consensual sex with another man.

The incident occured on May 16 2013 after the woman, who was 21-years-old at the time, agreed to go back to a rented apartment after spending time with one of Wilson's friends in Manchester city centre.

Wilson caught his friend having consensual sex with the woman – who he personally hadn't met before – in the flat and then took advantage of the situation and raped her.

The woman fled the scene in distress and called the police.

Detective Constable Sophie Swift from GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit hopes that Wilson's sentence will serve as a message to others about taking advantage of another person. 

She said: "Wilson walked into that room and saw his friend having consensual sex with the woman. Without her consent, he then took advantage of the situation and raped her. 

"I would like to applaud the bravery of the woman, who courageously relived her ordeal by giving evidence in court, which in itself can be very upsetting, and facing down her attacker.

"The jury did not believe Wilson’s assertion the sex was consensual and found him guilty of rape. 

"He will now serve five years in prison, which I hope sends out a message to others that if you do take advantage of a woman without her consent it is rape, and the police, Crown Prosecution Service and the courts will prosecute you." 

If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available. 

You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.