Facing life in jail: Sex beast who cruised streets in works van
A sex beast who stalked women and brutally raped them faces life in jail after he was convicted of a string of ‘vicious and violent’ attacks.
Adam Downworth, 32, cruised the streets of Stockport and Gorton in his works van and targeted innocent lone victims at random, taking ‘sadistic pleasure’ from their suffering.
During his ten-month reign of terror, police offered to give women home a lift home at night in patrol cars to avoid them becoming his next victim.
Downworth, an office cleaner, carried out four attacks without being caught by wearing blue surgical gloves from his workplace to avoid his fingerprints being found.
But he was spotted fleeing the scene of his fifth attack, in which he subjected his victim to a 40-minute ordeal. Police arrested him a mile away and his Berlingo works van was found parked nearby.
He was linked to the previous attacks by CCTV footage of his van, petrol receipts and tracking of his mobile phones.
Two mobile phones stolen from victims were also later found at his home. Slightly built Downworth, who had no previous convictions, initially denied all the attacks but changed his story in the light of the overwhelming evidence against him.
He claimed that he was a street mugger who had not sexually assaulted any victims, and invented a fictitious accomplice who he blamed for the more serious sexual attacks.
But a jury at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court saw through his lies and found him guilty of 13 charges after a trial lasting more than 13 weeks.
Downworth, of Lenham Towers, Brinnington, Stockport, was convicted of charges including rape, attempted rape, assault by penetration and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Judge Jeffrey Lewis warned Downworth he would consider passing a life sentence.
Downworth will be sentenced in October.