Endcliffe Park rapist jailed for nine years

Jamie Seaton.
Jamie Seaton.
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A man who admitted raping a terrified teenager in a Sheffield park has been jailed for nine years.

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 followed her for 40 minutes after spotting her walking alone on West Street in the city centre.

He pounced 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 showed Seaton following the Sheffield University student, who had been on a night out with friends.

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

Seaton, of Burrowlee Road, Owlerton was jailed by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court this morning.

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.