January 2023

Manchester sexual predator jailed for raping child

A “sexual predator” who raped a “vulnerable” schoolgirl after isolating her from her friend in a city centre and luring her back to his home has been jailed.

Girmay Andes, 28, of Droylsden, approached the 15 year old girl in Piccadilly in Manchester in July, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

In the early hours of July 14, 2022, a 15-year-old girl was with a friend in Manchester when, at around 5am, Andes approached her.

While the girl was alone and was heading for the bus stop, he began complimenting her, offering her cigarettes then suggested they go back to his house together.

She agreed and got in a taxi with Andes.

When they arrived at his home in Droylsden, he locked the front door and locked the bedroom door after leading her inside, before raping her.

The girl texted one of her carers and told Andes that her mother had tracked her location and contacted police.

They then left the property together with Andes giving the girl £20 to leave the area, before telling her to get on the bus.

While she was on the bus the police contacted her and she reported the rape.

Andes was arrested and claimed that it was the teenager who had initiated sex.

At the sentencing hearing, the teenager said in her victim impact statement that her mental health has been affected massively by what has happened.

She added she gets flashbacks and is constantly scared when she goes for walks.

Andes was also sentenced for two sexual assaults that he had previously admitted, where he approached two women in Salford in the early hours of March 16, 2021, and began making sexualised comments before sexually assaulting them both.

He was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison for the rape and six months for the sexual assaults.