Teenage girl foils attemped rape with attacker’s own phone

PUBLISHED: 13:32 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:32 17 June 2015

A man has been arrested.

A man has been arrested.


He got distracted

A quick-thinking teenage girl foiled a would-be rapist by storing his number in her phone while he was distracted.

Paul Cooke dragged the girl off London Road, Greenhithe, into some bushes and tried to force her to perform a sex act.

But when he was interrupted by someone walking past, the girl managed to snatch his phone and dial her own number from it so she would have his number stored.

When Cooke, 30, became distracted by another passer-by, she managed to escape and ran to a nearby fast-food shop, where workers called the police. Officers arrested him in the area and found the girl’s number on his phone.

Cooke had stalked his victim along London Road on the evening of October 10 last year, riding his bicycle slowly behind her before speeding up and passing her, then appearing on foot and pouncing on her.

Cooke, of Winston Drive, Wainscott, Medway, admitted attempted rape and possession of amphetamine. He was jailed for five years and three months at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.

In interview, he claimed he had met the girl on the street and she had given him her phone number, but police were able to prove that Cooke had been acting suspiciously earlier in the evening, approaching women he did not know and following them around.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Hollie Brown said: “Cooke carried out a terrifying assault on his victim, which has no doubt left her traumatised. I imagine she will feel the effects of this in years to come.

“However, despite her fright, she acted with incredible courage, from her quick thinking at the scene to her dignity and bravery in supporting a prosecution.”

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