Man jailed for life for brutal sex attack in Leeds

|News, Sexual offences

A man who raped and assaulted a woman in Leeds city centre after following her as she walked home has today (18 April) been jailed.

Samuel Andrade Fortes, 26, followed the 19-year-old woman to an isolated area and attacked her on 23 June this year.

The woman, who was unknown to Fortes, was talking to a friend on Facetime before the incident and part of the attack was captured on her friend’s Facetime application.

Fortes fled and made his way home to Sheffield. The woman was found seriously injured, partially clothed and distressed by members of the public who called the emergency services.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of eight years’ imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to rape and grievous bodily harm on 12 November.

Paul Brown, from the CPS, said: "This was an horrific attack.  Fortes raped, stamped on and punched the woman repeatedly to the head, causing extensive facial and dental injuries as well as cuts and bruises all over her body.

“Fortes was linked to the crime through scientific and CCTV evidence which left no doubt that he committed these offences. 

“He is clearly a highly dangerous sexual offender and has been jailed for life.

“The young woman he attacked has shown immense courage in assisting the investigation, and is determined to move forward with her life, despite the profound physical and emotional trauma she has suffered. Our thoughts remain with her."

Notes to editors

  • Paul Brown is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Samuel Fortes (15/11/91) pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of grievous bodily harm with intent on 12 November

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