By Lucy Caulkett-
A demented thug from Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester has 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, Emmanuel Richards, 42,(pictured) assaulted the victim on numerous occasions, strangling her, kicking her and raping her. The sordid details of the ordeal to which he subjected his victim was so horrible, it had court officials grimacing at the details of his heartless offences as they were presented to the court.
On one occasion the dangerous criminal chased his victim round a flat with a machete and on another occasion he boiled a kettle of water and threatened to pour it over her.
After an argument, Richards threw the victim down some stairs which caused her to smack her head, and the victim was laid on the floor crying, Richards proceeded to rape her.
Victim suffered several scars and injury Image:GMP
The court heard that on several occasions he would control the victim’s movements and force her to hold drugs for him at her flat.
It took much courage for the victim to eventually report her attacker because of the fear he had established in her over a period of time in which he subjected her to intense domestic abuse, affecting her mental health greatly.
Her identity has been withheld for legal reasons, but her oppressor will have a long time to gaze at the walls of prison where he rightfully belongs.
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.”