A 46 year-old Hyde man who kidnapped a woman at knifepoint with the intention of raping her has been jailed for 18 years.
David Gregory of Harbour Farm Road, Newton, Hyde, was sentenced to 18 years in prison at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square today, Friday 6 January 2017.
Gregory pleaded guilty to kidnap, kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence, theft, and possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing.
Gregory’s victim, a 32-year-old woman, was walking along Hart Road, Fallowfield, when Gregory got out of a parked car and brandished a knife at her in the early hours (4.45am )on Friday 3 June last year.
He grabbed the woman and forced her into the front passenger seat of the car.
As Gregory went to get into the driver’s seat, the woman managed to get out and run a short distance.
However, Gregory caught her and forced her back into the car and tried to handcuff her to the door handle.
Fortunately the victim was able to grab Gregory’s knife from the dashboard and escaped from his car a second time.
Gregory ran after the woman, but gave up and fled the scene in his car after the woman attracted the attention of the occupants of another car which had drove past them on Hart Road.
The victim ran straight home, leaving her shoes and bag at the scene, and reported the incident to police.
Officers traced Gregory using automatic number plate recognition based on the victim’s description of his car and appearance.
Detective Inspector Gareth Davies, of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the victim who feared for her life, and is still living with the lasting effects of this horrendous incident.
“Thanks to her bravery and determination, she was twice able to escape Gregory’s clutches and avoid unthinkable consequences.
“His grave intentions that night were perfectly clear. Not only were a number of cable ties, which he intended to use to restrain the victim, later found inside his caravan, but inquiries also showed he accessed extreme pornographic material porn on his computer within two hours of the offence.
“Gregory’s conviction was an excellent example of detective work and today’s sentence has rightly seen this dangerous predator put behind bars for a long time.”