Man admits raping woman in Sheffield park

Jamie Seaton
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A man has today admitted raping a young woman in a Sheffield park.

Jamie Seaton, aged 24, of Burrowlee Road, Owlerton, attacked the 18-year-old student in woodland in Endcliffe Park, Hunters Bar, in the early hours of Saturday, May 10.

He grabbed her as she walked along Endcliffe Vale Road and dragged her into the nearby park, where he assaulted her in the dead of the night.

The offence was reported to police within an hour and an investigation was launched by detectives.

CCTV inquiries established that Seaton had followed his victim, who had been on a night out with friends, from West Street.

He was arrested and charged with the offence six days later.

Detective Constable Jessica Hawley, who led the investigation, said: “Incidents like this are rare but they have a profound and lasting impact on victims.

“This was a violent and terrifying attack and I would like to praise the victim for the tremendous courage and dignity she has shown throughout the investigation.

“The fact Seaton pleaded guilty to the offence and did not force the victim to relive her ordeal in court is some small consolation.

“South Yorkshire Police takes all reports of rape extremely seriously and will work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice.

“We have specially-trained officers in place who work with victims from the moment a rape is reported, gathering every piece of evidence in order to secure a conviction.”

Seaton admitted rape and two counts of assault by penetration at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

He was remanded in custody until October 29 while pre-sentence reports are carried out.