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Man sentenced as part of Operation Sanctuary

25 Jul 2014 12:13 PM

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Gurhan Sayan, 45, of Chester-le-Street, has been sentenced to 45-months in prison at Newcastle Crown Court.

The sentencing, on July 25, forms part of Northumbria Police's Operation Sanctuary - an investigation launched into sexual offences committed against women and young girls.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: "We welcome today’s sentence following the conviction of Gurhan Sayan for a serious sexual assault on a 28-year-old woman. 

"Sayan saw this woman in a clearly vulnerable state following a night out as she walked home.

"He deliberately targeted her, luring her into his car where he then drove to a remote area in Elswick and sexually assaulted her before leaving her by the roadside to raise the alarm.

"Sayan’s abhorrent actions saw him preying on the woman’s obvious vulnerability and the fact that she was in no fit state to stop him – this was an appalling crime.

"I want to commend the victim who showed great courage in coming forward and giving evidence to police.

“There is no place in our community for men like Sayan who show an absolute disregard for women, abusing them for their own gratification. It's entirely appropriate that he has received a custodial sentence.

"The case forms part of Operation Sanctuary, Northumbria Police’s wide-ranging investigation into allegations of sexual crimes against women and girls who are vulnerable in some way.

"Operation Sanctuary will continue over the months to come until we are convinced we have left no stone unturned and have taken action against all those involved.

"We have received tremendous support from the public and are grateful for this. There is absolutely no place in our communities for this behaviour and the sentence today should be a clear message to those who abuse women that we will bring them to justice."

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