The horrifying pictures which document abuse campaign at hands of violent bully who strangled and raped his victim

A violent bully raped, beat and humiliated a “vulnerable” woman during a horrific campaign of abuse.

Emmanuel Richards, 42, who was branded by a judge as a ‘very powerful man,’ strangled his victim until she passed out, and raped her on several occasions.

The brute threw a phone at her and then punched her in her jaw causing her permanent disfigurement to her face, and even pinned a sign on her front door saying she had chlamydia, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.


On one occasion he chased her round a flat with a machete and another time, he boiled a kettle of water and threatened to pour it over her.

His victim, whose identity has not been published for legal reasons, said she had been living in “constant fear” of Richards, and still has nightmares about the abuse.

She told the court that she suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has regular panic attacks as a result of what she went through.

Richards, who has spent time in jail following a gang-land attack in Moss Side, and has numerous convictions for violence and sexual assault, is now back behind bars.

Emmanuel Richards

He refused to appear via the prison video link for the hearing but was sentenced in his absence.

Judge Tina Landale said she had concluded Richards was a ‘dangerous’ man, and needed to be locked up to protect the public from his crimes.

The court heard that Richards had been living in a hostel having been recently released from prison when the abuse started.

Prosecutor, Steven Swift told the court that Richards raped the woman on three occasions.

One time he threw the victim down some stairs which caused her to smack her head.

As she was laid on the floor crying, Richards proceeded to rape her.

The court heard that Richards also forced her to hold drugs for him at her flat, and once ran at her with a house brick.

“One time he pinned a note to her door saying she was a slag and that she had chlamydia,” Mr Swift said.

“On another occasion the defendant strangled her to the point she passed out and had a fit.

“Another time he threw a phone at her and then punched her in the jaw which left her requiring hospital treatment.”

Richards was eventually arrested after hospital staff raised concerns about the woman’s injuries – which left her requiring an operation to her jaw.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the woman said she is scared to go out in public and feels intimidated around men, following the abuse.

“I am scared to go out alone to the shop or even to go and see my family,” she said.

“I have been left with what I feel is an obvious disfigurement to my face and I cannot wear lipstick. I suffer really badly with PTSD and panic attacks as well as depression.

“I get scared and intimidated around men.

“I now finally feel I have closure and feel safe now he is behind bars, but despite my efforts to feel safe in public I still don’t.”

Richards’ defence barrister, Claire Ashcroft told the court her client is someone “who is very much a product of his own environment.”

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

Common signs of controlling and coercive behaviour include:
• Isolating you from friends and family
• Depriving you of basic needs, such as food
• Monitoring your time
• Monitoring you via online communication tools or spyware
• Taking control over aspects of your everyday life, such as where you can go, who you can see, what you can wear and when you can sleep
• Depriving you access to support services, such as medical services
• Repeatedly putting you down, such as saying you’re worthless
• Humiliating, degrading or dehumanising you
• Controlling your finances
• Making threats or intimidating you

“He has alluded to some incidents with his own private family life at the time of these offences,” Ms Ashcroft said.

“It struck me that Mr Richards has a very immature view of the world.

“This is a man who has been institutionalised at a very early stage. He is someone on the fringes of society.”

Richards, of Stanford Street Ashton, was jailed for 15 years after being convicted by a jury of three counts of rape, two counts of assault, and coercive and controlling behaviour.

He will have to serve two thirds of his sentence in prison before being made subject to an extended three-year licence period.

The victim had to be hospitalised after one attack

Sentencing, Judge Landale said: “You used appalling violence and intimidation and you raped her on three occasions.

“One of which was when she was particularly vulnerable and injured when you threw her down the stairs to the floor.

“You strangled her until she was unconscious. That must have involved the application of very significant pressure for a frightening amount of time.

“You are a very powerful man and you used significant force to smash her jaw requiring an operation and leaving her with disfiguration.

“I have reached the conclusion that you are a dangerous offender.”

Richards was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order not to contact the victim.

Following the court hearing, GMP’s DC Zee Hussain, said: “Richards is a controlling and manipulative individual who abused his victim both physically and mentally.

“I would like to thank the victim for coming forward in this case as it takes great courage to report abuse such as this and to give evidence at trial.

“I hope this time behind bars gives Richards the time he needs to reflect on his despicable behaviour and the trauma and hurt he caused to his victim.”

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