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A sex beast who befriended and then raped a drunk Australian tourist twice in Manchester city centre has been refused parole beccause of his violent behaviour in prison and his refusal to take sex offender courses.
Stephen Johnson, then 29, of Spruce Court, Salford was given an extended determinate sentence of 12-years for the June 2013 attack - a type of sentence reserved for dangerous offenders.
He was found guilty of carrying out the horrific attack on the 20-year-old victim who was on holiday in the UK in an alleyway after talking to her as she walked through the city’s Piccadilly Gardens.
Manchester Crown Court was told that the young victim had gone into Manchester for an evening out on the 12th June 2013 and had walked through the park, where Johnson had asked her for a cigarette.
They sat down together and talked for a while, but when the woman went to leave it became clear she was drunk and Johnson took advantage of this and led her away.
Stephen Johnson, then 29, was found guilty of raping his victim twice near Piccadilly Gardens in June 2013
He started to touch her inappropriately and then pulled her into an alleyway, pushed her to the floor and raped her.
Johnson hid when a car passed, but then followed the woman and raped her again.
Despite her feeling faint, he continued to assault her, until she finally managed to escape and run to where two refuse collectors were working nearby.
They called the police and Johnson was arrested.
Detective Constable Emma Cyprien, of GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said after the trial: ‘Johnson could clearly see the victim was in no state to consent to any sexual activity and is a reflection of his character that he took advantage of her, raped and sexually assaulted her.
‘She has had to relive her ordeal in court and I must credit her for standing up to Johnson and helping ensure justice has been done.’
Under the terms of his extended sentence, Johnson, now 38, was required to serve two