Smiling thug’s horrific campaign of physical and sexual violence exposed

This grinning thug dubbed "ruthless and abhorrent" subjected a terrified woman to a sickening campaign of physical and sexual abuse over three days.

Craig Moran will now spend 18 years in jail after his brutal attacks left the victim fearing for her life.

The 34-year-old yob admitted charges of assault, sexual activity without consent, threats to kill and breaching a restraining order, Manchester Evening News says.

"The sustained nature of this attack on the victim was sickening and included physical, sexual and psychological abuse," Detective Constable Russell Clarke, of Greater Manchester Police , said.

"Without the bravery and strength of this victim, Moran would not have been brought to justice."

A court heard Moran dumped the bleeding woman on a street in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, after the torture. A couple who were passing by came to her aid in February.

She suffered a broken leg, cuts, swelling and numerous injuries to her head, face and arms.

And the victim bravely helped police to secure Moran's conviction at Minshull Street Crown Court on Thursday.

Moran, from Rochdale, had assaulted the woman "numerous times," police said.

Det Cons Clarke added: "If it wasn't for the kind and selfless actions of the couple who came to her aid the victim, who was unable to walk, would likely have been stranded for some time.

"I would like to personally thank those people for the assistance they gave the victim that day."

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