[A] man has been jailed after a woman was raped in Manchester City Centre.
Ricardo Rodrigues-Fortes-Gomes (31/07/1997) of Old Hall Drive, Gorton has been sentenced to six years in prison for two counts of rape.
Shortly before 7am on Saturday 23 July 2016, police were called to reports that an 18-year-old woman had been raped in the Piccadilly basin area.
The location is 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.
Later that morning, Rodrigues-Fortes-Gomes was arrested.
He was jailed today, Thursday 23 February 2017, at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square 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.”