Friday, August 31, 2012

UK: Rapist, 16, of Japanese Tourist, 18, Arrested, Charged

As a follow-up to my August 27 posting, and after being arrested and charged yesterday (August 30) in the robbery of a Japanese tourist, 18, a Sheffield youth, 16, is now facing rape charges, for when the victim eventually caught up with him in search of her stolen handbag, he also raped her. 
COMMENT: Although I strongly discourage victims chasing their assailants down after a street robbery, largely because of the risk that the assailant could be working with confederates or violently turn on the victim, that is precisely what occurred in this case.

It is understandable why the victim in the heat-of-the-moment wanted her handbag back, yet, tragically, it resulted in her being further traumatized by the rape. 

The assailant will be arraigned in court today (August 31). Hopefully he will be remanded and face the maximum penalties allowed under British law.

The rape occurred in Ponderosa Park, Netherthorpe.

Fortunately, the UK has a crime victim compensation law which hopefully will enable the victim in this case to remain in the UK and testify against her assailant.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/VictimsOfCrime/DG_177421.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.