A DISGUSTING thug from Ashton subjected a woman to more than a year of physical and mental abuse which included raping and strangling her.

Emmanuel Richards, 42, of Stamford Street Central, has been sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Court to 18 years in jail after being found guilty of three counts of rape, two counts of assault and one count of controlling and coercive behaviour

The assaults happened in Oldham, Failsworth and Ashton.

The court heard how for more than a 12-month period, Richards assaulted the victim on numerous occasions, strangling her, kicking her and raping her.

On one occasion he chased her round a flat with a machete and on another occasion he boiled a kettle of water and threatened to pour it over her.


Emmanuel Richards

Emmanuel Richards

The injuries that the victim suffered

The injuries that the victim suffered


After an argument, Richards threw the victim down some stairs, which caused her to smack her head.

Following this, as the victim was laid on the floor crying, Richards then raped her.

He would control the victim's movements and force her to hold drugs for him at her flat.

DC Zee Hussain, of Greater Manchester Police's Oldham district, said: "Richards is a controlling and manipulative individual who abused his victim both physically and mentally.

"I would like to thank the victim for coming forward in this case as it takes great courage to report abuse such as this and to give evidence at trial.

"I hope this time behind bars gives Richards the time he needs to reflect on his despicable behaviour and the trauma and hurt he caused to his victim."