Brighton man jailed for raping woman in woodland in Barnsley

A 22-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after dragging a dog walker into a forest and then brutally raping her.

Brighton’s Brandon Woolven attacked the woman, in her 20s, ‘indiscriminately’ in broad daylight.

Two joggers came to the woman’s aid and she feared she would be killed if they didn’t intervene.

Woolven was jailed for more than 10 years, with one police officer saying the case was the “most terrifying” case she has ever investigated.

The Argus: Brandon Woolven. Photo credit: South Yorkshire PoliceBrandon Woolven. Photo credit: South Yorkshire Police

Detective Constable Becky Robinson said: “I have been a police officer for 16 years now and in all my service I have never faced an investigation as horrific as this.

“Woolven attacked his victim indiscriminately in broad daylight, subjecting her to the most brutal and sustained physical and sexual abuse imaginable.

“She has since told us she believes she would have been killed had it not been for the intervention of the two bystanders – such was Woolven’s attack.

Woolven carried out the attack at Barnsley, South Yorkshire on 14 April.

The woman was walking her dog in the woods around 10am when Wooldven grabbed her.

He physically and sexually assaulted her before raping her.

Two joggers passing by saw Woolven attack the woman and intervened, pulling him away.

One of the joggers was attacked, but they managed to hold Woolven down until officers arrived and arrested him.

Det Con Robinson added: “This was a truly terrifying incident and I would like to commend the victim from the bottom of my heart for her unwavering support of the police investigation and for the immense courage she has shown throughout it.

“I would also like to publicly acknowledge the courage and heroism of the two members of the public who witnessed the attack and took action to protect the victim in which they themselves were injured.

Woolven pleaded guilty to rape, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of assault at an earlier hearing.

He appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 9 September and was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison.

Woolven, who is of no permanent residence, was also issued with an indefinite Prevention of Sexual Harm Order (SHPO).

Det Con Robinson said: “Woolven is a really dangerous person and although he has pleaded guilty to the crimes he is charged with, he has shown no remorse for his actions and I am pleased that he has received a long sentence for his crimes.

“The victim in this case continues to recover from the physical and psychological injuries she sustained as a result of this attack and I hope that with today’s verdict she can take another step on her road to recovery.” Brighton man jailed for raping woman in woodland in Barnsley

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