Local boxer jailed for 15 years after raping woman in Hyde and stalking her for months
Friday 24th August 2018 @ 15:06 by Tom Greggan
Hyde News Sports Tameside

A local boxer has been jailed after raping a woman in Hyde and intimidating her in the months that followed, including dousing her in petrol and setting her on fire.

Lyndon Newman, 32, from Brinnington, has today been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of rape and stalking involving alarm or distress.

He has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and given an indefinite restraining order against the victim.

Over the course of a two week long trial at Minshull Street Crown Court, it was revealed how sometime between June and August 2017, Newman forced himself on his victim – a woman in her 30s – at an address in Hyde and raped her.

During the following months, Newman bombarded the woman with threatening messages over the phone, via text and on social media.

On one occasion, the woman was visiting a friend’s flat when Newman turned up outside and poured petrol on her car.

When the woman confronted him, he doused her in petrol too and threatened to set her on fire. Thankfully, the victim calmed him down before he could take things any further.

Detective Constable Louise Isherwood, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “Not only did Newman subject his victim to a terrifying ordeal when he raped her but he then continued to make her life a misery as he led a campaign of intimidation against her.

“Dangerous people like Lyndon Newman deserve to be locked up and it brings me great satisfaction to be able to say that his victim can now breathe easily as he spends the next 15 years in prison.

“She has shown an incredible amount of courage in coming forward to police despite the threats of this animal and I want to pay tribute to her for that.

“Her bravery has led to a devious predator being taken off the streets and put behind bars where he is unable to hurt any other women.”