Violent rapist attacked bride-to-be then named her on Facebook

Phillip Leece, 32, from Chadderton pleaded guilty to rape. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A violent rapist went on to name his victim in a ‘bizarre’ Facebook post.Phillip Leece, 32, met the victim when she became lost after leaving a nightclub in Rochdale town centre in March 2019.Posing as a Good Samaritan, Leece lured the woman to a wooded area and violently raped her before running away.

After being arrested when police obtained DNA evidence, Leece was charged and bailed.

It was then that he wrote a Facebook post in which he named the victim – a criminal offence - and blamed her for the attack while protesting his innocence.

Leece was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court to 16 years in prison and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life as well as a restraining order.

Detective Constable Russ Clarke of GMP's Rochdale district described it as a "shocking attack". 

He said: "Leece pursued this woman into a secluded wooded area and exploited her for his own sexual gratification. After he had finished, he left her in the cold, on the floor, not knowing where she was and in an extreme state of distress."

For information and advice on this subject:

  • Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call us on 0161 273 4500 or email us at

  • St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

  • Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.