Chilling CCTV footage shows moment rapist dragged his victim away to attack her

Footage has shown the chilling moment a rapist approached and grabbed his victim before dragging her away, attacking her, and attempting to kill her.

Brutal criminal Aaron Murphy, 21, has been jailed for life after admitting raping his 49-year-old victim twice and trying to kill her.

Murphy was found by police the day after the brutal attack – which took place on Thursday 21 May – discovering him hiding on a fire escape near the scene of the crime in Harrow, north London.

The attacker was charged with two counts of rape and attempted murder on 22 May – and was sentenced to life behind bars for his crimes following a trial on Friday.

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CCTV footage has been shared which shows the man approaching his victim, who is believed to have been a complete stranger, outside a building.

He is shown grabbing her waist and leaning in towards her outside a glass door.

The chilling footage then shows him scoop up his victim in his arms and run away with her before he committed his crimes.

In a statement on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said: "A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he raped and attempted to murder a woman in Harrow.

"Aaron Murphy, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday afternoon.

"He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of attempted murder at the Central Criminal Court following the attack in May.

"Police were called at 02:54hrs to Havelock Place, Harrow on Thursday, May 21 to a report of a disturbance. Officers responded within six minutes and found a woman visibly distressed and suffering serious injuries.

"She reported that she had just been raped and beaten by a stranger in the road. A London Ambulance Service crew also attended and the victim was taken to hospital.

"During crime scene inquiries the next day, members of the public alerted officers at the scene to a man acting suspiciously.

"Officers conducted immediate searches for the suspect and found Murphy hiding up a fire escape on a nearby block of flats. He was arrested on suspicion of rape and taken into police custody.

"During his police interview, Murphy admitted that he intended to kill the victim after he had raped her twice, violently beating her up. It was only the sound of the police sirens that made him stop and run away.

"CCTV nearby showed Murphy running up behind the victim and approaching her.. He then grabbed and dragged her away into a service road to an underground car park.

"The victim sustained a fractured cheekbone, two swollen and bruised eyes, purple bruising all over face and neck and scraped knees.

"He was charged with attempted murder and two counts of rape on May 22. He was deemed to be a dangerous offender and was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of nine years. He will also be on the Sex Offenders' Register for life."

Murphy is believed to have been educated in Jamaica and the Daily Mail reports had been on bail for sexually assaulting a 51-year-old woman at the time of the attack in May.

While the Mail also reports that he sexually assaulted a school girl when he was 14-year-old.

Judge Sarah Munro QC ruled on Friday that he be given a life sentence and accused the criminal of "clearly enjoying" his crimes.

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