05/01/2017 13:38 EDT | Updated 05/01/2017 14:01 EDT

Winnipeg man sentenced for two 'brutal' sexual assaults in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for two brutal sex assaults that left a woman and a teenage girl with severe injuries.

Justin Hudson, who is 22, was given consecutive sentences for the separate attacks on strangers he did with a teenaged co-accused on the same night in November 2014.

In the first attack, a 16-year-old girl was robbed, beaten and sexually assaulted.

She ended up in the Assiniboine River, dragged herself out 100 metres away, only to be beaten unconscious with a hammer.

Hours later, Hudson and his co-accused came across a 23-year-old woman and repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted her.

Provincial court judge Tim Killeen said the severity of the attacks warrant a long prison sentence, but he also took into account Hudson's troubled background that included abuse and neglect as a child.

The victims and Hudson's co-accused cannot be identified under a court order.

The co-accused, like Hudson, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault. He is awaiting sentencing.