The dark past of man given a life sentence for attempted rape
A man who was jailed for life for attempting to rape an unconscious woman in her own home had a shocking history as a sex predator.
His victim was the fourth woman Joseph Lee had sexually abused while they slept
A judge at Bolton Crown Court considered giving Lee an extended sentence but decided he was so dangerous he should get life.
The latest attack was committed just three months after his release from his previous custodial sentence.
He had previous convictions and the court was told he was a convicted rapist and a persistent sex offender, including unconscious females.
Lee’s latest sex attack, an attempt to rape an unconscious woman, came just eight days after he took part in a terrifying raid on another woman’s home.
Lee, 33, must serve a minimum of six years before being released.
Bolton Crown Court was told that Lee, of Langdale Crescent, Orrell, Wigan, tried to rape a woman after she had passed out on a sofa.
Lee was at her home on January 12 this year with a mutual friend.
At around 3.10am, the friend left the home to go to a nearby shop as the victim slept in the living room.
When he returned around 5 to 10 minutes later, he found Lee attempting to have sex with her, despite the fact that she appeared to be sleeping.
The man immediately confronted Lee, who then stopped and left the address after a short confrontation between the two.
The friend contacted the police a short time later and Lee was arrested the following day.
On January 4 Lee and another man had taken part in an early morning break-in at a house in Marsh Green, Wigan.
In that incident a woman was sitting in her living room at about 3am.
She had left her door insecure and saw an intruder come into her home.
She went outside and saw two men standing by her car which they then tried to steal. The victim sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle and screamed for help causing neighbours to come out and the raiders fled.
Lee was given a sentence of three years and four months after pleading guilty to robbery for that offence.