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Man jailed for brutally assaulting a woman in her own home

|News, Sexual offences , Violent crime

A man who attacked a woman so violently that she was hospitalised for ten days, has been jailed for 15 years.

Conor Barrass, 23, met the woman on 3 January 2020 when they were socialising with mutual friends.

Barrass walked her home and when she tried to stop him from coming inside, he forced his way in by kicking the door open and knocking her to the floor.

He punched her numerous times, sexually assaulted and attempted to rape the woman, who lost consciousness.

When she regained consciousness, she tried to escape her own house by pretending to go to the toilet, but Barrass pursued her and stamped on her face until she was unconscious again.

Barrass’ actions were discovered by a neighbour who alerted the emergency services when he heard the attempts to drag the woman down a shared staircase.

On 10 August 2020 Barrass was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to two offences contrary to s.20 of the Offences Against the Person Act, and also an offence of rape, an offence of assault by penetration and an offence of attempted rape.

On 9 December this sentence was increased to 15 years in prison. 

His brother Ryan Barrass pleaded guilty to three offences of assisting an offender. He assisted his brother by helping him to change his clothes and his footwear after he committed the offences.

Phillippa Wylie of the CPS said: “After meeting the woman only hours earlier, Barrass kicked down the door of her flat before subjecting her to a violent physical and sexual attack.

“In selfish pursuit of his own sexual gratification, Barrass ignored her pleas to stop and physically beat her when she resisted him. Such were the severity of the woman’s injuries that she was hospitalised for ten days after the attack.

“The Crown Prosecution Service built a robust case against Connor Barrass, leaving him little option but to plead guilty to these very serious charges, sparing the victim the additional pain of going through a trial.”

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