A shopworker who held a woman captive and raped her when she came in to charge her phone. Has now been jailed.
Swapnil Kulat was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 10 November 2017. Kulat received seven years and eight months in prison. After pleading guilty to rape, false imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm.
The court heard that on 19 March 2017 a woman left home to go to her friend’s house. Whilst out noticed that her phone battery was flat.
She went into a shop on Wilmslow Road in Withington and asked Kulat if she could briefly charge her phone inside.
After she plugged her phone in, Kulat locked up the shop, became aggressive and refused to allow her to leave.
He hit the woman in the face and the body with a wooden pole repeatedly. Causing serious bruising and swelling. The attack was so vicious that the pole actually broke into several pieces.
Kulat then demanded that she went into the store room, where he raped her before falling asleep.
Detective Constable Hughes, said: “This was a despicable attack on an innocent woman.