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Man jailed for attempted rape after victim traces him on Facebook

Jams Huggett Credit: Kent Police

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for seven years for attempted rape after his victim tracked him down on Facebook.

James Huggett, formerly of The Broadway in Minster, had pleaded not guilty to the offence in April 2014 but was convicted by an earlier court.

Maidstone Crown Court heard that Huggett approached 21-year-old Chanl Purchase while she was waiting to meet a friend in Sheerness High Street at around 12.30am on Sunday, April 13.

Chanel Purchase tracked down her attacker on Facebook Credit: ITV News

He invited her back to his address but when she refused he insisted on accompanying her back to her home.

As they walked he attempted to rape her. The victim screamed for help and Huggett subsequently fled.

After the attack, Ms Purchase, who has waived her right to anonymity, tracked him down via Facebook and informed police.

She told ITV News Meridian how she did it:

The victim responded to what must have been a horrifying ordeal with an incredible amount of bravery and determination.

Her efforts in identifying Huggett allowed police to secure his arrest within 6-7 hours of the incident and I would like to thank her for her help and courage throughout the investigation and court process.

I hope Huggett uses in time custody to reflect upon the impact his actions have had on the victim.

– DC Gavin Humphrey, Kent Police
James Huggett was traced via his Facebook profile Credit: Facebook

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