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Rapist who sexually assaulted woman at Swanley station sentenced under Mental Health Act

PUBLISHED: 12:34 08 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 08 June 2016

Swanley Station

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The incident happened in September last year

A 28-year-old man who was found guilty of raping a woman at Swanley train station has been sentenced under the Mental Health Act.

On September 16 last year, Ryan Edward Clifford left a train at Swanley and assaulted his victim, who had tried to help him when he appeared unwell.

He subjected her to a long and violent sexual assault.

The victim managed to get away and ran to get help, when a member of the public called the police.

Clifford, 28, was arrested close to the scene

In February, Clifford, of no fixed address, was found guilty of two counts of rape and an offence of serious sexual assault.

He was sentenced this week under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act.

The judge praised Clifford’s victim for her bravery in giving evidence.

Det con Ed Slater form the Major Incident Team said: “Incidents like this are thankfully very rare on our railways but we will always fully investigate any report of sexual assault and fully support victims throughout the process.

“We urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, or knows someone who has, to report these incidents to police.”

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