Teenager gets six years for bru­tal rape

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ETADAMU

A TEENAGE rapist who sub­jected a vul­ner­a­ble woman he had never met be­fore to a ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack has been caged for six years.

Eigh­teen-year-old Ryan Forde tar­geted his vic­tim in the early hours of Septem­ber 11 last year, prey­ing on her vul­ner­a­bil­ity as she re­turned home alone af­ter row­ing with her boyfriend on a night out in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre.

Forde struck in Burgh­ley Road, re­fus­ing to take no for an an­swer af­ter the 23year-old woman re­jected his drunken ad­vances, he over­pow­ered his vic­tim and sub­jected her to a bru­tal rape.

The at­tack might have been much worse were it not for the ac­tions of havea-go hero Gatis Rak­tins, who in­ter­vened by pulling Forde from his scream­ing vic­tim and punching him.

A jury at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court found Forde, of Lilac Road, Peter­bor­ough, guilty of rape on April 19.

Yes­ter­day, Judge Nic Madge sen­tenced him to six years in jail, plus two months for a sep­a­rate af­fray con­vic­tion, to be served con­sec­u­tively.

The court heard that Forde came across his vic­tim as she sat on her own in Burgh­ley Road. She had been drink­ing and had a row with her boyfriend, who had left in the taxi they had both hailed to go home.

Af­ter try­ing to per­suade her to come home with him, Forde then stopped her try­ing to walk away and tried to kiss her. When she re­sisted, Forde over­pow­ered her, warn­ing her he would “snap her neck” if she did not keep quiet, be­fore forc­ing him­self on her while not wear­ing pro­tec­tion.

A pre-sen­tence re­port into Forde found he was from an un­sta­ble back­ground with pe­ri­ods in care and had dis­played sex­u­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour be­fore, although he had no pre­vi­ous sim­i­lar con­vic­tions.

Judge Madge said: “In this case there are ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures. It was late at night and this was a vul­ner­a­ble vic­tim, who ac­cord­ing to your ev­i­dence was cry­ing and dis­tressed when you ap­proached her.

“Phys­i­cal force was used but more sig­nif­i­cantly you used threats to kill and snap her neck. You also did not use a con­dom and you were also on bail at the time of the of­fence.”

Mr Rak­tins was awarded a £400 re­ward for his in­ter­ven­tion, which led to the ar­rest of Forde.

Judge Madge said: “Mr Rak­tins pre­vented what was an aw­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for the vic­tim from be­ing even worse.”

JAILED: Rapist Ryan Forde.

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