What Is This World Coming Too? life sentence for 16 year old
Posted 07 July 2005 - 11:13 AM
Monday July 4, 2005
A 16-year-old schoolboy who raped a teacher was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey today.
Judge Christopher Moss told the youth that he had violated the teacher's classroom - her place of safety - and had left her "physically and mentally scarred".
The judge allowed the identity of school in which the attack took place, Westminster City school for boys, to be revealed.
The south London youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons because of his age, pleaded guilty to raping the 28-year-old teacher in September last year. He was 15 at the time of the attack.
The judge said two psychiatrists described the youth as a danger to the public, and one doctor regarded him "as a potentially dangerous young man currently at high risk of sexual violence".
The doctors felt he should be assessed over a long period of therapy and should not be released until he was felt to be safe, said the judge.
The court was told today that the 1.8 metres (5ft 11in), powerfully-built teenager head-butted and threatened to kill the woman as she bravely fought him off.
Brendan Kelly, prosecuting, said the teacher was in her classroom when she was grabbed round her neck and pulled to the back of the room.
Mr Kelly said the youth ripped the teacher's shirt and pulled off her trousers, but she managed to fight him off. "All the time, he was trying to force her backwards on to a desk. She was quite clear his aim was to rape her.
"He said he was going to kill her over and over again."
The teacher had been knocked about the room, hitting furniture, as she tried to resist him.
She was eventually overpowered as the youth raped her orally. When it was over, she fled bleeding and naked. Colleagues had difficulty recognising her because of the blood all over face.
The youth was arrested the next day, Mr Kelly, prosecuting, told the court.
The court heard that it was the teacher's second day at the school when the attack took place.
Describing the impact of the assault on the victim, Mr Kelly said: "The effect of this attack upon her has been devastating.
"Since the incident she has been unable to teach. She anticipates that once 'all this' has been put to bed she proposes to go back on a trial period - not to the school in question, she will go to another school.
"Her confidence has been devastated, her social life equally has been devastated.
"She lives in fear of returning to her vocation."
Mr Kelly said the victim's detailed statements "outlined a trail of devastation following this systematic attack upon her".
Mr Kelly said the youth was caught on CCTV wandering around the school after other pupils had left.
He had gone into another classroom where he spoke to a woman teacher, before attacking the victim five minutes later.
"It may well be that she was fortunate herself," said Mr Kelly.
After the previous hearing into the case, it emerged that the youth had been questioned by police about other attacks in his area.
But he was not suspected when a cleaner was attacked at the school in June, last year, when an attempt was made to rape her.
A police inquiry is being held to find out if the relevant information about the youth's background was available to authorities before the attack.
In mitigation, Jeremy Dein QC, defending, had argued that the defendant's age should be taken into consideration.
He said the teenager had come from an "emotionally fraught" family background and he was bullied at school.
His father had left before he was born and the youth was left to act as man of the house.
But he suffered a form of misconduct disorder, said Mr Dein.
"When he committed the offence at 15, he was and remains the product of an emotionally fraught upbringing."
The defence cited one previous conviction for carrying a bladed instrument but said there had been no previous convictions in relation to sexual offences.
The court heard that the defendant had "found God" while in prison and expressed deep remorse for what he had done.
The youth wrote a letter to the judge saying he was sorry "from the bottom of his heart".
Mr Dein asked for the defendant to be given a chance to rehabilitate and rebuild his life.
"It clearly should never have happened. It was a despicable offence which cannot in any way, shape or form be overlooked."
But the barrister urged: "What matters most is that he is given a sentence that is constructive - not crushing."
Mr Dein accused the police of leaking "unsubstantiated" allegations of involvement in other attacks.
Mr Dein said the right sentence should be a defined term with an extended licence.
In a statement issued by the National Union of Teachers, the teacher said: "I am glad the boy has been given a lengthy period of incarceration; not out of vengeance but to protect others from what I have been through. Incarceration alone is not enough. He needs help and treatment."
The general secretary of the NUT, Steve Sinnott, said there were issues that need to be looked at. "This boy had a history of violent behaviour and was the main suspect in an earlier sexual attack on a member of the school's staff. Questions still have to be answered: why was this boy still in the school, what did the school know and what action has been taken to deal with this boy's behaviour in the past."
He added: "I am concerned to ensure that teachers, pupils and all staff involved in any school are not put at risk because of inaction or a failure of communication." The NUT has arranged a meeting with the school to discuss these issues.
Posted 07 July 2005 - 11:54 AM
Posted 07 July 2005 - 11:56 AM
That's exactly what I'm thinking, but if he raped her he should've thought of future consequences with woman and future life wuth them.
Member since March 25, 2005.
Posted 07 July 2005 - 01:23 PM
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also the difference between men and women. Most guys arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gonna fight back if a girl just wants to give him head lol
Posted 07 July 2005 - 01:51 PM
Im sorry, is it wrong that I had a little chuckle to this? haha
But yea, this kid is one sick bastard, god knows what he wouldve done as he gets older. I do think getting a life sentence is a little harsh, maybe 15 with paroll at 10 liek somebody mentoined. Sucks for the kid, hope u enjoyed this cuz once they hear about this when he goes to the big house at 18, hell find himself a nice husband in there.
Posted 07 July 2005 - 01:58 PM
Posted 08 July 2005 - 10:45 AM
Rape is a serious crime and if anybody ever raped a family member or friend of mine they better hope they stay in jail for 10 years cause I would destroy that person if I saw them.
Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:01 PM