Sex attacker jailed

By Chris Willmott 24/04 Updated: 24/04 16:57

Buy photos » Michael Gallagher has been jailed for sexual assault, kidnap, false imprisonment and robbery.

SEX ATTACKER Michael Gallagher will spend at least eight years behind bars for the serious sexual assault, kidnap and false imprisonment of a teenager and robbery of another woman.

The 32-year-old from Shard End was found guilty of the offences at trial in January and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (March 16).

The charges relate to two separate incidents in 2010 and 2011.

In the first incident on Barrows Lane, Sheldon on 24 December 2010, Gallagher threatened the victim with a screwdriver. He made her walk to a nearby playing field, where the victim told him that she was pregnant. Gallagher stole several items from her including cash and a mobile phone.

In the second incident on New Coventry Road, near Yardley on Friday, April 8, he took a 17-year-old female into a disused building at around 5.15pm where he sexually assaulted her.

She was found by police at around 6am the next morning after nearby residents heard her calling for help.

An extensive investigation by West Midlands Police's Public Protection Unit quickly identified Gallagher as a suspect and he was arrested on 14 April 2011 and charged the next day.

Detective Inspector Heather McCamley, who has been leading the investigation for the Public Protection Unit, said: "The sentence today reflects the gravity of these offences. Gallagher preyed on two vulnerable females as they walked alone. He targeted them, followed them and committed a series of serious offences.

"He is a dangerous individual who has been sentenced to an indeterminate public protection sentence and must serve a minimum of eight years.

"He is also a convicted sex offender who will be required to sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely and will be proactively monitored by police and other agencies for the rest of his life.

"Both victims have shown great strength and dignity throughout the investigation and these court proceedings, they are relieved following today's outcome and I hope they can now begin to move forward in their lives."

"This outcome shows that we take all genuine reports of attacks like this seriously.

"Whilst incidents this serious are rare, our detectives will always investigate thoroughly to ensure that offenders are brought to justice as swiftly as possible."

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