Man jailed for Burnley attempted rape

Ricky Stuart
Image caption Police described Ricky Stuart as an "extremely dangerous man"

A man who sexually assaulted a 47-year-old woman in Burnley has been jailed.

Ricky Stuart, 31, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty but was convicted of attempted rape, other sexual offences and theft at Burnley Crown Court.

Detectives, who described Stuart as an "extremely dangerous man", said he had attacked the victim on 1 November after befriending her in a pub.

He was jailed for seven and a half years for attempted rape and must sign the sex offenders register for life.

Stuart was also sentenced to five years for sexual assault by penetration, three months for sexual assault and one month for theft, to run concurrently.

'Truly shocking'

Speaking after the sentence, police said Stuart had befriended the victim, accompanying her to the Inn on the Wharf, Burnley where they had drinks with some of her friends.

The victim then retired to a barge moored on the canal near the pub.

Police said Stuart later followed her and sexually assaulted her, before stealing her handbag and mobile phone.

He was arrested in Blackpool on 5 November.

Det Con Karen Haynes described it as a "truly shocking case" and at no point did Stuart show any remorse.

She said: "This was a calculated and premeditated attack on a vulnerable female.

"He has forced the victim in this case to relive this horrific experience by having to attend court and give evidence and this result is testament to the immense courage she has shown in doing so."

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