"This was an horrific attack on a young woman which caused great concern in the local community.
"Miah's actions had a profound effect on his victim and I wish to acknowledge the victim's bravery in coming forward in what must have been a very difficult set of circumstances.
"The community is very much better off with this criminal behind bars, he acted in a vile, cowardly manner, threatening a young woman and carrying out an prolonged assault on her."
More top news
Durham Police have released CCTV images of a failed robbery in Kelloe and are appealing for information.
400 bales of straw, a tractor, trailer, fertiliser spreader and a bin of grain were engulfed in flames and completely destroyed.
Last night hundreds of people turned out for the official opening of Sunderland's new Fire Station arts hub.