Rapist sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for attack on vulnerable woman

|News, Sexual offences

Matthew Jowitt, aged 18, has today (22 August) at Sheffield Crown Court been sentenced to eight years' imprisonment and four years on extended licence for raping and sexually assaulting a woman with learning difficulties as she walked to work. The woman was dragged into woodland when the attack took place on 14 May.

Jowitt pleaded guilty on 8 July to two counts of rape and one of assault by penetration.

Pauline McCullagh from the CPS said: “This was an horrific and cowardly attack undertaken in broad daylight, on a vulnerable, defenceless woman as she made her way to work. It left her traumatised and terrified. She has nevertheless had the strength and courage to report the attack and help the CPS and South Yorkshire Police to build a strong prosecution case.

“As a result of her bravery, a man who is a considerable danger to women is now off the streets.

“I hope the knowledge that her attacker is now commencing a long prison sentence will be of some comfort to her.”

Notes to editors

  • Pauline McCullagh is Head of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Matthew Jowitt d.o.b. 22/2/01.

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