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The victim, who was 25-years-old at the time, was raped on waste ground off Aspin Lane, Collyhurst, on 22 November 1989.
She was grabbed from behind by a Howell who was armed with a knife.
He held the weapon to her throat and subjected her to a terrifying attack.
An investigation was launched and forensic samples taken, but no arrests were made at the time.
In 2004, Greater Manchester Police's Cold Case Unit reviewed the case as part of Operation Advance, a nationwide review of unsolved rape cases using the latest DNA profiling techniques.
A rapist has finally been jailed nearly a quarter of a century after he attacked a young woman at knifepoint in Manchester city centre.
Cold Case detectives caught up with Barry Howell, 56, from Burnage, thanks to advances in forensic technology and DNA profiling.
Howell was found guilty of rape following a trial at Manchester Crown Court and has been jailed for nine years.