A man has been jailed after he attempted to rape a woman as she lay unconscious on the floor.
Khadimou Diagne, 33, of Swinley Road, Wigan has been jailed at Bolton Crown Court for attempted rape after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
This was a despicable attack on a lone woman and, the callous manner in which he carried out this crime and then left her unconscious in the street, demonstrates the kind of individual he isDC Brendan Greally
At around 5.25am on Sunday, October 1, 2016, a 38-year-old woman was walking through Wigan Town Centre when she was befriended by Diagne.
The pair continued to walk together along Central Park Way and down an alleyway that leads to the side of The Royal Oak pub on Standishgate.
As they crossed onto Standishgate, the woman collapsed and fell unconscious.
Unable to bring her to her feet, Diagne dragged her helpless body by the arms back into the alleyway and laid her on the floor before he removed her clothing and attempted to rape her as she remained comatose.
He fled the scene, leaving the victim on the floor for one hour in the pouring rain before she was found by a passer-by who called for an ambulance.
The attack was captured on CCTV and footage and images of the suspect were produced.
On Monday, October 24, 2016 an off-duty detective recognised Diagne on Swinley Road, Wigan. He was later arrested and initially denied any involvement in the incident and that it was him in the CCTV footage.
He appeared at Bolton Crown Court on December 9, 2016, where he pleaded guilty to attempting to rape the victim.
Today, he was jailed for seven years and will remain on licence for four years thereafter. He will also remain on the sexual offenders register for life.
Detective Constable Brendan Greally of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “This was a despicable attack on a lone woman and, the callous manner in which he carried out this crime and then left her unconscious in the street, demonstrates the kind of individual he is.
“Everyone should be able to go about their daily lives without fear of being raped and I hope today’s result brings some comfort to the victim following the chilling ordeal she was put through, knowing her attacker is behind bars, unable to cause any further harm.”
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.