March 2021

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ rapist branded ‘enormous danger to women’

A sex offender dragged a woman into his flat in Leeds and violently raped her while he was under investigation for another sex attack on a different victim.

John Porritt was given an extended prison sentence of 17 and a half years over the “predatory” attacks.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 29-year-old has a previous convictions which include attempting to rape a child.

Porritt targeted his first victim at her home in Kirklees on April 10, 2019.

The court heard Porritt knew the woman and went to her home while her partner was out.

He barged his way into the property and exposed himself before grabbing her by the neck.

Porritt tried to remove her clothes as she repeatedly told him to stop.

She was sexually assaulted during the incident and suffered a panic attack but managed to ring her partner.

Porritt left the house but was arrested after police were called.

The defendant’s saliva and DNA was found on the victim’s neck.

Porritt tried to kiss the woman and put his arm around her but she rejected his advances.

He took her keys from her while she was outside his flat.

Porritt taunted her before dragging her into his home by her hair.

She was forced into the bedroom where the prolonged sex attack took place.

The woman was deeply traumatised by the ordeal and suffered cuts and bruising where she had been restrained.

Porritt, now of Westgate, Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, attempted rape, assault by penetration and two counts of sexual assault.

Porritt was convicted of attempting to a rape a child under the age of 13 in 2010 and was sentenced to four years in a young offender institution.

Sentencing Porritt, Judge Robin Mairs said: “Ten years ago you were guilty of predatory sexual offences.

“It would appear that predatory sexual aggression has not left you.

“When in drink and on drugs you attack without warning.

“You clearly have a problem with alcohol, which is a trigger, along with drugs.”

The judge told Porritt he was imposing an extended sentence as he considered him to pose a serious danger to women in the future.

He added: “The risk is enormous that you pose and the harm is serious and obvious.”

Porritt must serve a custodial term of 11 and a half years, of which he must spend at least two-thirds in jail, followed by a further licence period of six years.