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Nottingham rapist jailed after Find iPhone tracks him down

Doyle was located by police after the iCloud account of his victim’s stolen phone was logged into and traced to a pub in Derbyshire.

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A man who raped a woman on a night out in Nottingham city centre has been jailed for more than nine years.

On the evening of Wednesday 20 February, Michael Doyle, 28., of no fixed address, raped a woman who was on her way home from Nottingham city centre having left a nightclub.

He had approached her when she was on her own and offered to walk her home before sexually assaulting her in an alleyway and stealing a bag that contained her phone.

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Doyle was located by police after the iCloud account of his victim’s stolen phone was logged into and traced to a pub in Derbyshire.

He was subsequently charged with rape and pleaded guilty to the offence just weeks before a trial was due to start. He was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday 14 August for nine years and six months for rape and theft.

Detective Inspector Gareth Harding, of Nottinghamshire’s Public Protection Team, said: “Doyle’s actions on that evening were predatory and despicable.

“He approached a young woman and forced himself on her. Good police work allowed us to locate Doyle and make an arrest after the phone he stole from the victim was found to be in his possession.

“I’d like to commend the victim for their bravery throughout this investigation and hope today’s result brings them some closure.”

Deciding to report a sexual assault or sexual abuse is very personal and can be a difficult choice. It should be based on your needs alone, not the needs of other people. The right decision is whatever feels best for you and no one else should make the decision for you.

There are many different ways you can report a sexual violence offence to the Police. We understand it can be difficult. You might not be completely sure what happened or how to talk about it. The Police understand this and have Specially Trained Officers (STO’s) who specialise in helping people to report sexual offences.

You can contact Nottinghamshire Police in a number of ways:

  • Call 999 (emergency number) this should only be used if the suspect is still present, or nearby, or returning to where survivor is located.
  • Call 101 (non-emergency number)

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