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Gorton man jailed for raping 19-year-old woman
Friday 10th March 2017 @ 14:40 by Adam Higgins
Gorton & Openshaw News

A 19-year-old man from Gorton has been jailed after a woman was raped in Manchester city centre last year.

Ricardo Rodrigues-Fortes-Gomes, of Old Hall Drive, has been sentenced to six years in prison for two counts of rape.

Shortly before 7am on July 23 last year, police were called to reports an 18-year-old woman had been raped in the Piccadilly basin area, described as the top of a set of stairs leading to the canal path at the back of Jutland House.

A witness told police that they first heard a woman saying “Stop, it’s not right, it’s not right.” It was at this point that they saw a man pinning a woman to the floor.

They recall hearing the woman screaming before she said “If I tell you I don’t want to do this, then you stop” and “Stop, then stop, I don’t want to do it.”

This continued for some time before the man fled the scene prior to police arriving.

The woman was taken to a police station and supported by specially trained officers before Rodrigues-Fortes-Gomes was arrested later that morning.

He was jailed at Manchester Crown Court after being found guilty at an earlier hearing.

Detective Constable Dave Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Rodrigues-Fortes-Gomes is now behind bars and unable to force himself upon people for his own selfish sexual gratification.

“Not only did he subject his victim to a horrifically prolonged attack, he made her endure the distress of a trial by denying his involvement.

“It takes an enormous amount of bravery for victims of rape to come forward and I have no doubt that the bravery shown by the woman has helped secure this prosecution.”

– 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, whether or not you want make a police report.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.