Kent

Sheerness sex attacker tracked down on Facebook jailed

James Huggett Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption James Huggett attempted to rape Chanel Purchase after walking her home from a nightclub

A sex attacker whose victim used Facebook to bring him to justice has been jailed.

James Huggett, 22, of Minster, Kent, tried to rape Chanel Purchase after walking her home from a nightclub in 2014.

After the attack, Ms Purchase, 21, used social media to search for his picture and he was arrested the following day.

At Maidstone Crown Court, Huggett was given a seven-year prison sentence for attempted rape.

He had denied the attack but was found guilty following a trial in November.

'Horrifying ordeal'

Huggett, previously of Woodland Drive, will be subject to an extended licence period of three years when is released from prison.

Image caption Chanel Purchase said she searched on social media because she felt unsafe

Miss Purchase, who waived her right to anonymity, told the BBC in November she decided to see if she could find his profile on Facebook because he talked to her about some mutual friends.

She said she persisted because she did not want him to be on the streets and she felt unsafe with him out there.

Det Con Gavin Humphrey, from Kent Police, described the attack as a "horrifying ordeal" and said she had responded to it with an "incredible amount of bravery and determination".

"Her efforts in identifying Huggett allowed police to secure his arrest within six to seven hours of the incident and I would like to thank her for her help and courage throughout the investigation and court process," he said.

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