‘Truly dangerous’ man jailed for attempting to rape woman at her home in Hackney
A man has been jailed after attempting to rape a woman at her home in Hackney.
Karen Pullock, 37, from Hackney, was jailed for 12 years at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, May 19.
Pullock pleaded guilty in January to attempted robbery, attempted rape, sexual assault and threats to kill.
In a statement, the victim said “there are days when I struggle to get out of bed” following the harrowing incident.
Adding: “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."
The harrowing incident unfolded after Pullock – who lived in the same block of flats at the victim - entered her home through an adjoining attic on June 30, 2022.
The victim returned home later that day, noticing that the blinds had been drawn and her dog was unusually quiet.
Pullock emerged from a dark room with a knife, grabbing the victim as she tried to fight him off. He overpowered her and held a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her if she continued to scream.
He then took the victim into her bedroom, tied her to a chair and demanded money. He began to cut the victim’s clothes off before sexually assaulting her and attempting to rape her.
Shortly after, Pullock called police confessing to the incident. Officers immediately attended the scene and arrested him.
Following extensive enquiries including a thorough search of Pullock’s home address, officers discovered that he had attached his phone to the peephole of his door so that he could monitor the victim’s movements.
Pullock was subsequently charged with a number of offences in connection with the incident, before being remanded in custody.
“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,” detective sergeant Matthew Cooksey said.
“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.”