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'Vampire' rapist gets life term
Andrew Wild - courtesy of Greater Manchester Police
Andrew Wild acted like a vampire during his rape victim's ordeal
A man who raped and bit off parts of a woman's face after being released early from prison for a previous violent attack, has been jailed for life.

Andrew Wild, 40, acted like a vampire during his victim's seven-hour ordeal on a barge in Uppermill, Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment, rape, sexual assault and grievous bodily harm on Thursday.

Wild, of Bury, will not be considered for parole for at least 12 years.

Prosecutor Alaric Bassano said Wild appeared "possessed by evil" and laughed as he assaulted his 38-year-old victim on 9 July last year.

Rape victim's ear - courtesy of Greater Manchester Police
The victim also had her nose and cheek bitten in the attack

He said the woman described her attacker as a wild dog and a vampire, who laughed as he bit off parts of her ear and nose.

The court heard she needed plastic surgery for serious facial injuries for the bite marks she sustained.

Wild, of Walmersley Road in Bury, carried out the attack two months after being released from jail.

He had served less than half of a five-year jail term for repeatedly stabbing another woman.

Sentencing him on Friday, Judge Roger Thomas QC condemned the "terrible and dreadful attack".

Huddersfield Canal towpath in Uppermill - courtesy of Greater Manchester Police
Wild was released from jail just two months before his canalside attack

"It is difficult to see at this time when a day will ever come when this man will be safe to release," he said.

Wild refused to leave his cell and appear in the dock at to be sentenced.

The court heard from psychological reports on Wild that he lived a Walter Mitty lifestyle and was prone to fantasy.

On one occasion he made a completely fictitious and detailed statement to police claiming his neighbour had shown him a collection of pistols and a machine gun kept hidden at home.

The statement led armed police to raid the home of Wild's neighbour and arrest him before the truth was uncovered.

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