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article imageWoman tracks down attacker by finding him on Facebook

By Kev Hedges     Jan 14, 2011 in Internet
London - A man has been found guilty of attempted rape in London after his victim traced him on the social networking site Facebook.
The victim, a mother in her twenties, suffered bruising and bleeding from her ear after she was attacked in London's Tufnell Park in May last year. In court, painter and decorator Alpha Gray, 30, told the court he was trying to talk to the mother before attacking her and he says the assault came to an abrupt end with him apologising to the woman.
Gray had told the woman his first name. She thought the name was so unusual that she did not think it real. However she checked Facebook and saw a man holding a child on a beach in his online profile. At first she was not sure if it was the same man. She also was astonished they even had one mutual friend, reports BBC London News.
In court Gray said he was at a local party drinking and trying to get over the death of his brother who had been stabbed two weeks earlier. The woman had reported the incident to police and included the information. However it was her detective work on the popular social networking site that tracked him down.
Later she picked him out in an identity parade. In court she said: "His picture came up and it turned out he knew someone I knew. There was a picture of him on a beach holding a little girl. From that picture I could not tell if it was him. I was not 100% sure."
The Press Association reported last month that jurors had failed to agree verdicts on charges of attempted rape, sexual assault and assault after more than 11 hours. In the retrial Gray was found guilty and will be sentenced on February 11 at the Old Bailey.
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