A vile rapist labelled a ‘violent and manipulative bully’ has been found guilty of 25 offences including rape, assault, and coercion.
David Fury-Walsh, 31, also known as David Overton, claimed to be related to champion boxer Tyson Fury to attract women.
His victims say he initially came across as a caring and generous man before his behaviour drastically changed and he began to abuse and control them.
The offences against three women include 13 counts of rape, four counts of sexual assault, three counts of controlling and coercive behaviour, three counts of actual bodily harm, one count of sexual touching and possession of a knife.
Fury-Walsh, of Brook Street, Macclesfield, was found guilty after a three-week trial at Chester Crown Court.
He’s been remanded in custody until his sentencing on Monday 6 February 2023.
Cheshire Constabulary first received reports that he had raped and assaulted a woman in September 2021 – he was arrested within hours.
Two other woman came forward with their own reports of abusive and controlling behaviour while Fury-Walsh was in custody.
He forced his victims to have sex on demand and violently assaulted them if he didn’t comply.
On two occasions, he forced his victims to eat their own faeces.
Fury-Walsh also took out loans in the names of his victims, controlled their finances, and manipulated them into handing over their savings.
Following the verdict, Detective Constable Jade Bannerman, who led the investigation said: “Firstly I would like to thank the victims for the courage and bravery that they have shown throughout this investigation.
“Fury-Walsh is a violent and manipulative bully, and even when faced with all the evidence against him, he refused to plead guilty to any of the charges.
“Instead, he forced his victims to relive their experiences in court, which could not have been easy for them.
“Thankfully, as a result of the statements provided by the victims, and the evidence we gathered the jury have seen through his lies and he is now being held accountable for his actions.”
Detective Inspector Robert Lees of Eastern CID added: “This has been an extremely complex investigation and I would like to commend DC Bannerman for her dedication and commitment throughout the case. I would also like to thank all of the other officers involved in the investigation.
“Nobody should have to experience what any of these women have been though and if anything can be achieved from this case, I hope that it encourages other victims of sexual offences to come forward and report them to us.
“Cheshire Constabulary takes any allegation of sexual offences extremely seriously, and any allegation will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and needs of the victim as our main priority.
“Victims should never feel ashamed to talk about what they have been subjected to. They will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers, as well as from other support agencies we work alongside, and all victims of sexual offences have the right to anonymity.”
To report any sexual offence, call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or visit Report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences.
Information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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Police issue appeal after a man was ‘seriously sexually assaulted’ in Harpurhey
A public appeal for information has now been issued after a man was “seriously sexually assaulted” in Harpurhey earlier this month.
The man was on his way to work when he was attacked on Hendham Vale in the Manchester suburb at around 8:15am on 4 December 2023.
According to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the male offender is described as black, in his mid-30s, and around six-feet tall.
Police say the offender was wearing a snood, baseball cap, black hoodie, and black jogging bottoms with white markings going down one side and trailing on the floor when the incident occurred.
With an investigation into the incident now underway, detectives in North Manchester say they are “determined to catch this dangerous individual”, and have therefore issued a public appeal for information.
Launching the appeal and urging for any potential witnesses to come forward, Detective Sergeant Carla Dalton, from North Manchester CID, said: “This is a horrific and distressing crime that will rightly cause concern within the local community… [but] we are determined to catch this dangerous individual and appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time.
“The victim has bravely provided a statement and is being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.”
DS Dalton added that local Harpurhey residents and members of the public will likely see extra officers in the area as we carry out our enquiries, but added that this is because GMP is “committed” to keeping people safe in our communities.
“I can reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to reinforce this,” DS Dalton concluded.
Anyone with any information or dashcam footage, or anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, is asked to contact GMP on 0161 856 1146 quoting log 1001-04/12/2023, or alternatively call 101 or report it online via www.gmp.police.uk.
Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Manhunt underway as teenage girl sexually assaulted in alleyway
Greater Manchester Police are on the hunt for a man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Salford and are appealing for anyone who might have information to come forward.
Police were called to the Broughton area of Salford around 8:30pm on Sunday, 3 December following reports that a teenage girl had been the victim of sexual assault believed to have taken place in an alleyway between Howe and Back Howe Street.
The young female is said to have been approached by a man, described as a white male dressed in all black with a black face covering, who followed her down the alleyway and caught up with her, threatening and assaulting her before he is thought to have fled the scene.
The attacker is believed to run towards Great Clowes Street following the incident and the local authorities are still trying to trace him, with any and all information into the inquiry from members of the public welcome.
Chief Inspector Lucy Smallwood, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “We do not underestimate the considerable concern this will cause for the community and I want to stress that this incident is being treated with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity.
“We are leaving no stone unturned in trying to establish the full circumstances around what happened and have a full team of detectives within our Crime Investigation Department making enquiries over the coming days.”
Urging “anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area around 8.20pm on Sunday 3 December to come forward”, she assured that any details passed on “will be treated with the strictest confidence.”
She also went on to “thank the victim for her bravery and co-operation so far, and remind people that the best support they can provide at this time is to share with us any information that could be relevant to our investigation.
“We are committed to keeping people safe in our communities across Salford, and I can reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to reinforce this.
Anyone who thinks they might have information that could help, no matter how small it may be, should contact the police on 0161 856 5187, quoting incident 2920 of 3/12/2023.
Alternatively, details can also be passed on completely anonymously to the UK’s independent crime prevention charity, Crimestoppers, either online or on 0800 555 111.