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Men jailed for ‘terrific’ sexual assault on homeless man during London trip

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Matthew Bibb, 32, of Slingfield Road, Birmingham, and Jake Johnson, 26, of no fixed address, have both been jailed for 11 years after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault. metropolitan police said.

The couple were staying at a Hammersmith hotel in November 2018 when they bought alcohol and treated the vulnerable woman out of the cold for a hot drink.

Once in her room, Johnson and Bibb subjected her to a “protracted and violent” sexual assault before kicking her out.

The frantic victim reported the incident to the hotel manager and told her friends, who helped detain the suspects at the hotel.

Police arrived and arrested the couple, both of whom initially denied the attack, claiming the woman wasn’t in her room.

A “significant investigation” that followed focused on CCTV and forensic evidence and witness testimony.

Johnson and Bibb were charged in June 2021 with two counts of sexual assault through penetration and one attempted rape.

Johnson and Bibb initially pleaded not guilty but changed their pleas to guilty on the third day of their trial at Isleworth Crown Court this week.

They were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday November 23. The charge of attempted rape remained on file.

Detective Constable Carrina Turner said: “Bibb and Johnson subjected the victim – a clearly vulnerable woman – to horrific, humiliating and degrading sexual abuse.

“These are precisely these predatory and violent sex offenders that we work to evict.

“I would like to commend the victim for his courage and composure during this lengthy investigation.

“I know she is understandably still suffering the long-term effects of such a horrific ordeal, but I hope she can find some comfort in this outcome and in the knowledge that her actions may have prevented further crime.”

Victims of sexual assault can contact the police through third-party support groups, e.g the ports or London Survivors Gatewayboth of which offer a 24/7 emergency number.

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The couple were staying at a Hammersmith hotel in November 2018 when they bought alcohol and treated the vulnerable woman out of the cold for a hot drink.

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