Ashton man jailed for rape, assault and controlling behaviour

A MAN from Ashton-under-Lyne has been jailed after a woman was physically and mentally abused for over a year

Emmanuel Richards (19/05/1979) of Stamford Street Central has today (Thursday, January 13), been sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Court to 18 years in jail after being found guilty of three counts of rape, two counts of assault and one count of controlling and coercive behaviour.

The court heard how for over a 12 month period, Richards assaulted the victim on numerous occasions, strangling her, kicking her and raping her.

Emmanuel Richards | Greater Manchester Police image

On one occasion he chased her round a flat with a machete and on another occasion he boiled a kettle of water and threatened to pour it over her.

Following an argument, Richards threw the victim down some stairs which caused her to smack her head. Following this, as the victim was laid on the floor crying, Richards proceeded to rape her.

He would control the victim’s movements and force her to hold drugs for him at her flat.

The injuries sustained by the victim | GMP image

DC Zee Hussain, of GMP’s Oldham district, said: “Richards is a controlling and manipulative individual who abused his victim both physically and mentally.

“I would like to thank the victim for coming forward in this case as it takes great courage to report abuse such as this and to give evidence at trial.

“I hope this time behind bars gives Richards the time he needs to reflect on his despicable behaviour and the trauma and hurt he caused to his victim.”

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