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Man who attempted to rape a young woman at Melton station found guilty – Suffolk


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A man who attempted to rape a lady at Melton station in summer last year has today been found guilty. 

Sam Duncan, of Alan Road, Ipswich appeared before Ipswich Crown Court this week where a jury found him guilty of one count of attempted rape and one count of indecent exposure.

The incident happened on Tuesday 19 July at Melton station in Suffolk. At approximately 9.45pm the victim, a 21-year-old lady, entered the station where she sat on a bench waiting for a train towards Ipswich. 

At this point, 24-year-old Duncan pulled into a station on a motor bike; he then walked onto the platform and said “hey sexy” to the victim. Over the course of a few moments, he stood close to her, exposed himself and touched himself inappropriately. He then attempted to rape her.

The victim managed to struggle free and pushed the man away. She then boarded the train and spoke with the guard who called the police. 

Following this, a major investigation was launched in an effort to trace the man responsible. As part of enquiries to trace a suspect, CCTV footage and an e-fit image were released. As a result of this, Duncan was identified and arrested. 

Duncan will attend Ipswich Crown Court the week commencing April 24 for sentencing. 

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Ian Trantum, said: “From the start this was a complex investigation as there was very limited CCTV or witnesses in the station vicinity. However, the victim’s statement was extremely detailed and provided us with a very clear description of the offender. 

“This very detailed description along with the e-fit which was released, were crucial in us identifying Duncan. Likewise, the overwhelming support of the community of Melton almost certainly helped us in identifying Duncan and arresting him. 

“This was a frightening and extremely upsetting experience for this young lady who demonstrated extraordinary bravery and courage through. I would pay tribute to her commitment to bring Duncan to justice.

“Thankfully, serious sexual assaults like this are very rare and the victim and the community can be safe in knowing that this predatory and aggressive man is now facing a jail sentence.” 
Here is the CCTV of Sam Duncan arriving at the station on a motorbike:


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