Passer-by stops rapist by punching him in face and putting him in chokehold

The judge has put forward the brave passer-by for formal recognition.

10/17/2021 11:45:00 PM

Passer-by stops rapist by punching him in face and putting him in chokehold

The judge has put forward the brave passer-by for formal recognition.

✕Steven Lequesne, 23, had"preyed" on a lone vulnerable woman who had been on a night out in the town.(Merseyside Police)A passer-by stopped a rapist by punching him in face and putting him in chokehold who “preyed” on a “defenceless” woman who had been on a night out in Southport.

Christopher Fletcher, who was passing by, heard the woman scream “no” and punched Steven Lequesne, 23 - earning him praise a Liverpool Crown Court judge.Robert Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said the victim had been drinking at the Metropole Hotel in Portland Street earlier that night.

He was joined by the woman in the pub and where they remained together after the pub shut , before walking through Southport railway station after 1am.Mr Wyn Jones said the woman had been drunk.The court were presented with a CCTV clip which showed an “altercation” between the pair, resulting in the woman trying to get away.

Mr Wyn Jones said: “She runs off to the left and he pursues her. She is fighting him off and is pulled backwards to the ground.”Later on in the clip, Lequesne is seen attacking her in the bushes of a car park.Recorder Matthew Corbett-Jones said: “It was only when a brave member of the public came to her rescue that her ordeal came to an end.

“Christopher Fletcher showed all the qualities of a brave, decent, upstanding member of the community in tackling you and summoning the police.The judge told Lequesne: “It’s plain to see you had seized this opportunity when she was alone and vulnerable to prey on her.

“This was a brutal and terrifying attack on a defenceless woman, in order for you to satisfy your desire for sexual gratification, which I have no doubt will cast a shadow across the rest of her life.”Lequesne was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in jail, with an further four years and 6 months on licence. Mr Fletcher is being put forward for formal recognition on the recommendation of the judge.

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Why is it necessary to repeatedly mention she had been drinking, she was drunk, like that's any excuse for what the guy was doing to her? If only those on that train in Philly had done the same. His face is so provoking that you wish that u can deliver few more punches by yourself.. or is it just me wishing that?

The beauty of your headlines et al means I can just copy/paste to read full story without subscription. Give that man a 🏅

Hero rescued rape victim after putting sex attacker in a chokeholdSteven Lequesne, 23, 'preyed' on a lone vulnerable woman who had been on a night out in Southport, Merseyside before passer-by Christopher Fletcher intervened. Wow All hail Christopher Fletcher 🙌 please picture and celebrate Christopher Fletcher - the hero - NOT the rapist Steven Lequesne (you pictured) and provide free mental health to the rape victim who is 'now afraid to go outside' - instead of rapists in prison. And in Philadelphia, PA, a woman was raped on a train and NOT ONE PERSON ON THAT TRAIN DID ONE THING TO HELP HER. 🤬💔😭🙏

Hero put rapist in chokehold after breaking up 'brutal' attack on lone womanSteven Lequesne has been jailed for more than 10 years after he was caught by brave passer-by who heard his victim screaming 'no'. shdve kept him... choking

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