David Gregory – of Harbour Farm Road, Newton, Tameside

​A man who abducted a woman with the intention of raping her has been jailed.

David Gregory (14/05/1970) of Harbour Farm Road, Newton, Tameside, was sentenced to 18 years in prison at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square today, Friday 6 January 2017.

At an earlier hearing he pleaded guilty to kidnap, kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence, theft, and possession of a bladed article.

At around 4.45am on Friday 3 June 2016, the victim, a 32-year-old woman, was walking along Hart Road when Gregory got out of a parked car and brandished a knife at her.

He grabbed the woman and forced her into the front passenger seat of the car. 

As Gregory went to get into the driver’s seat, the woman managed to get out and run a short distance. However, Gregory caught her and forced her back into the car and tried to handcuff her to the door handle. The victim was able to grab Gregory’s knife from the dashboard and again escaped the car.
Gregory started to give chase, but fled in his car after the woman spoke with the occupants of another car which drove past on Hart Road.

The victim ran straight home, leaving her shoes and bag at the scene, and reported the incident to police.

Officers traced Gregory using automatic number plate recognition based on the victim’s description of his car and appearance.

Detective Inspector Gareth Davies, of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the victim who feared for her life, and is still living with the lasting effects of this horrendous incident.

“Thanks to her bravery and determination, she was twice able to escape Gregory’s clutches and avoid unthinkable consequences.

“His grave intentions that night were perfectly clear. Not only were a number of cable ties, which he intended to use to restrain the victim, later found inside his caravan, but inquiries also showed he accessed extreme pornographic material porn on his computer within two hours of the offence.

“Gregory’s conviction was an excellent example of detective work and today’s sentence has rightly seen this dangerous predator put behind bars for a long time.”


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