Two men have been jailed for more than a decade after a woman was raped in Manchester city centre back in 2021.
Juan Quinones, 22, from Middleton in Rochdale, and Brian Jalo, 23, from Salford both appeared at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (21 December), and were eventually both jailed for 12 years following an “extensive” police investigation.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explains that the attack occurred after the victim – who was just 18 at the time – and her friend met Quinones and Jalo the previous day, when the pair had approached the women, spoke to them for some time, and exchanged contact details on Instagram.
The following evening, on the night of the attack, the victim and her friend were staying in a hotel near Piccadilly Gardens, and after the two women returned to the hotel, the victim then left the hotel again on her own, and was subsequently spotted by Quinones and Jalo, who then proceeded to attack her and rape her in an alleyway.
The victim managed to make her way back to the hotel following the attack in a distressed state, although she lost her mobile phone during the incident, and this has never been recovered.
She then contacted police, and an investigation was immediately launched, GMP confirmed.
Following an appeal to the public for information, CCTV was provided to investigating officers which led to the identification and arrest of Jalo and Quinones on 19 May 2021, while a third man was later acquitted of sexual assault and aiding and abetting the rape.
“This was a vile and predatory attack on a lone woman by a pair who worked together to lure her away from safety in order to rape her,” commented Detective Constable Stuart Kassim, of GMP Longsight CID, after the men were jailed this week.
The main have been jailed following an “extensive” police investigation / Credit: GMP
“Their actions were cold and calculating, and I am pleased the sentence has placed them safely behind bars.
“Ultimately, it is thanks to the bravery of the victim, as well as members of the public who answered our CCTV appeal and the dedication of the investigation team, that both offenders will now spend years of their life behind bars.
“I hope this case gives other victim’s reassurance that GMP will seek to arrest and prosecute offenders, and I hope it encourages more victims to come forwards and report what happened to them to police.”
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
The short trailer gives a glimpse at the history of the Brunswick Mill space and what it’s set to become.
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
The bathroom plans.‘New with the old’ bedroom-designs.A first look inside the Brunswick Mill flats. (Credit: Supplied)
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.