A FOOTBALL fan who beat and raped a woman he met using an online dating site after she made a comment about his team was caught after he ordered a kebab.

Sexual predator Daniel Hassan met his victim over the internet and arranged to meet for a date in Newcastle city centre last May.

The pair returned to the victim's home to watch the Champions League Final, which saw Manchester City lose 1-0 to Chelsea.

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The woman made a comment about Hassan’s football team, sparking an unexpected violent reaction from the 43-year-old.

Hassan, who is from Manchester, but lived in County Durham, punched and kicked his victim repeatedly to the head and body before raping her.

Despite her cries for help, she sustained a further attack causing more injuries to her face and chest and a laceration to her head.

Hassan left the property as the victim reported him to police and an investigation was launched.

The victim could only identify the man as 'Danny' and that he was originally from Manchester but that was enough for the specialist investigators to track down her attacker.

Despite deleting his dating profile, officers were still able to recover a photo of the suspect.

When Hassan ordered a takeaway through Just Eat on Wednesday, June 9, officers were able to pinpoint his exact location and arrest him on suspicion of rape and assault.

During the interview he denied committing any offences and refused to answer any further questions but he was subsequently charged with two counts of assault and one count of rape.

Hassan was remanded in custody and a trial set for Monday, January 17, at Newcastle Crown Court.

After further enquiries carried out by officers, Hassan was presented with irrefutable evidence and pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial.

Detective Constable Dayna McNally praised the victim for her bravery and hopes the outcome reassures victims police will find those who commit violent sexual crimes and put them before the courts.

Hassan of Hessewell Crescent, Haswell, Durham, has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on Friday, March 11.

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