A man who broke into a woman’s home and raped her at knifepoint has been jailed for life.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Neil Anthony Thompson from Chorlton was sentenced to life imprisoned on Thursday 23 March 2017. He will serve a minimum term of eight years.
He previously pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape, three counts of sexual assault and burglary. The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. He also pleaded guilty to trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence.
On 12 November 2016, a 22-year-old woman had just returned to her home in Old Trafford. The woman, who was home alone, heard a noise but believed it to be a car outside.
After making a loud band, a knife-wielding Thompson stormed into her bedroom. He immediately demanded the woman to hand over all of her cash. He also told her to take off her clothes.
Fearing for her life, the woman did as Thompson had ordered. The prolonged attack saw Thompson repeatedly threaten his victim, with the knife. He proceeded to rape her in a number of rooms in the house.
After suffering at the hands of Thompson, the woman was able to escape. She ran to a neighbour’s house to ask for help.
Thompson was located and arrested in the early hours of 15 November 2016.
Detective Sergeant Rebecca Mills, of GMP’s Trafford borough said: “This was an absolutely horrific and completely random rape of a young woman in her own home by a man she had never seen or spoken to before.
“This is one of the most horrendous incidents I have been involved with investigating and the details of it will no doubt send cold shivers down the spines of anyone who hears them.
“The courage that Thompson’s victim has shown, not only by managing to escape and get help, but by then coming forward to police, assisting the investigation throughout and speaking out in court is nothing short of phenomenal.
“I would also like to thank her and pay tribute to her for this bravery, and I just hope the significant sentence passed today will bring her some comfort to know that her help has taken a dangerous man off the streets and seen justice served”.