Middlesbrough man jailed for attempting to rape woman who got lost after leaving a Redcar nightclub has sentence increased (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Middlesbrough man jailed for attempting to rape woman who got lost after leaving a Redcar nightclub has sentence increased
A MAN convicted of attempted rape has had his sentence increased from five to seven years.
But instead of taking the woman home he took her to Middlesbrough in an attempt to disorientate her before returning to Redcar, parking in a secluded area and sexually assaulted her before attempting to rape her.
When he realised he couldn't rape her, he pushed the woman from the car as it was moving.
The victim, who flagged down another car, was left traumatised. Police later recovered her phone and money from Johnson’s home, but the SIM card, which contained details about her unwell mother, was missing.
Johnson, of Clairville Road, Middlesbrough, was found guilty of attempted rape, abduction and theft of the woman’s mobile phone and her money, and was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.
The sentence was referred by the Attorney General to by the Court of Appeal who decided it was too lenient and increased it to seven-and-a-half years.
Speaking after the hearing, the attorney general Dominic Grieve said: “This case highlights the dangers that women face when being offered a lift by strangers. Women deserve to feel safe at all times, wherever they are.
“I referred this sentence to the Court of Appeal as I felt five years was unduly lenient and I am satisfied they have today increased that term.
“I hope this increase in sentence demonstrates that those who commit sexual offending of this nature should expect lengthy prison sentence.”
The Cleveland Police officer involved in the case, Detective Constable Dan Oldroyd is in touch with the victim, who is said to be relieved Johnson is behind bars.
Det Con Oldroyd said: “I welcome the increase in sentence issued today and believe it reflects the serious nature of the crime. The sentence also reinforces the message that crimes of a sexual nature will always be treated extremely seriously by police and we will do all we can to bring perpetrators to justice.”
Johnson is originally from Liberia. In court, his defence counsel said it was an isolated incident and Johnson had a traumatic early life.
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