Man jailed for rape and assault

A North Staffordshire man has been jailed for 11 years, after raping and assaulting a woman.

The attack took place at an address in Stoke-on-Trent on 18 June 2019. 

Later the same day, Grant Mountford was found on a bridge over the A500 near Alsager after officers were sent to deal with a man considering harming himself. 

The 28-year-old, of Victoria Avenue, Bignall End, was persuaded down and arrested for rape.

He was found guilty of rape, assault by beating and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Stoke -on-Trent Crown Court heard he repeatedly phoned his victim as she was reporting she had been raped to police.

Mountford has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars, with a further four years to serve on an extended licence.

Detective Inspector Zoe Kelsall, of Staffordshire Police, said: “The bravery of the witness in coming forward and giving evidence is to be commended. This was a despicable offence involving threat and physical harm and we welcome Mountford’s lengthy prison term.

"We will always do whatever it takes to bring offenders to justice, while ensuring victims and their families are offered the support they need.”

Anyone who has suffered sexual abuse, or suspects others may be subject to sexual abuse, is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


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