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Rapist jailed for sex attack on teenager

Michael Moore.

Michael Moore.

A rapist who carried out a sex attack on a teenager after meeting in a Morley club has been jailed for a total of eight years.

Michael Moore, 26, of Wide Lane, Morley, was handed an extended prison sentence by a judge who described his attack on the young woman as “compulsive, self-centered and aggressive.”

Leeds Crown Court heard that Moore set fire to his clothes shortly after raping the 18-year-old victim on Fountain Street in the early hours of May 25 last year.

He then handed himself into police but continued to deny the offence.

He was found guilty of rape and perverting the course of justice following a trial in November.

The jury heard the father-of-three had met the teenager in a nightclub on the evening of the attack.

The pair had kissed and left the club holding hands, but Moore later forced the victim against a brick wall and carried out the attack at around 3.30am.

At the time of the offence Moore was subject to a suspended prison sentence for attacking another woman outside a pub in Morley.

He was given a five-year prison sentence and ordered to serve an extensive licence period of three years.

Det Supt Mark Ridley, who led the investigation, said: “Moore offered to walk the victim safely home but instead he forced himself on her and raped her while ignoring the fact that she was obviously distressed and pleading with him to stop.

“The sentence he has received and the extended licence provisions recognise that he is a dangerous offender who presents a serious risk to women.

“He also tried to frustrate the investigation by burning his clothing after the incident.

“The victim was left badly traumatised and we hope that seeing him have to face the consequences of his actions will provide some degree of comfort to her.

“Offences of this nature are treated very seriously and we have specialist investigators and specially-trained officers who can offer victims all the support they need throughout the investigation and the court process.”

 

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