A 23 year old Northfield man has today been sentenced for offences relating to the rape of a 19 year old woman in a Kings Norton churchyard last December.
At Birmingham Crown Court, Michael Ware pleaded guilty to the assault. On the evening of December 6th last year, Ware followed the teenager from Kings Norton railway station, before threatening her with an imitation gun and forcing her into St Nicolas Church graveyard. Here, he held a gun to her head while he assaulted her.
During her ordeal, the brave woman managed to get the gun from Ware and make her escape.
Police found Ware’s damaged mobile phone at the scene and a few days later a neighbourhood officer spotted him following another woman near Kings Norton Station. He was found to be carrying a knife and arrested.
Inspector Ian Ingram, from Birmingham’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The woman who was attacked has shown great strength throughout the investigation.
“This must have been a terrifying ordeal for her and we would like to commend her for her bravery.
“She had the presence of mind to pick up the gun that had been placed on the floor and used this as her means to escape.
“Ware planned the attack and we are convinced that he would have carried on offending, the fact that he was caught following another potential victim proves this.
“Through good police work and crucial evidence we have today secured a conviction of a very dangerous man who will spend a long time behind bars.”
As well as 15 years for four counts of sexual assault and rape, Ware was sentenced to seven years for possession of an imitation firearm and one year for possession of a bladed article – to run concurrently. He will also be placed on the sex offender register for life.