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Neighbour ‘broke into flat, waited for woman to arrive, then raped her’

Karan pullock raped neighbour

A male has been imprisoned for 12 years for attempting to molest a woman in her own residence. Karan Pullock, 37, resided in the same complex as his victim on June 30, 2017, when he attacked her. Pullock accessed the victim’s residence through the attic.

The victim noted that the shutters were down and her dog was unusually silent when she returned home later that day. Pullock emerged from a dark room carrying a knife and grabbed the victim as she attempted to escape.

He overpowered her and threatened to murder her if she continued to shriek by placing a dagger to her throat. Pullock subsequently bound the victim to a chair in her bedroom and demanded money.

He began removing the victim’s clothing before assaulting her sexually and attempting to violate her. Shortly thereafter, Pullock contacted the Metropolitan Police and confessed to the crime. Officers responded immediately and apprehended him.

Pullock, of Hackney, East London, will forever be listed on the Sex Offenders Register. On January 18, 2023, he pled guilty to attempted robbery, attempted rape, sexual assault, and threats to murder.

‘I constantly live in fear’

The victim said: “There are days where I struggle to get out of bed. Not recognising the person I once was. I wonder what the point is, where I no longer have the confidence to live like I used to. To live in a city like London, and constantly be in fear feels hopeless.

“I’m a grown woman, who is now scared of the dark. I feel embarrassed trying to make plans to see friends, or client meetings and having to work around this. In the winter months, it makes this basically impossible.”

Detective Sergeant Matthew Cooksey said: “Pullock is a truly dangerous individual who planned a terrifying attack on the victim for no reason other than his own gratification. I am glad that he pleaded guilty and spared the victim from having to relive the experience at court. He will now spend a significant period behind bars.

“We are working hard to prevent violence against women and girls and we will continue to remove these dangerous offenders from the streets of London.”

Sexual Offences Investigation Trained (SOIT) Officer PC Rita Stepanoviene added: “Primarily I would like to commend the victim for her bravery throughout the investigation and her willingness to attend court. I hope this result will provide some respite to the victim and allow her to begin to move on from this awful attack.”

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