‘Wicked’ rapist left his vic­tim for dead to hide the ev­i­dence

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

A “bar­baric and wicked” rapist who blud­geoned a woman with a paving slab on his 17th birth­day and then left her for dead has been found guilty of at­tempted mur­der.

A judge ruled that Char­lie John Pearce’s iden­tity should be re­vealed to the pub­lic af­ter the teenager – who “came within a hair’s breadth” of killing his vic­tim – was unan­i­mously con­victed at Le­ices­ter Crown Court.

Jurors were told that Pearce searched for in­ter­net videos de­pict­ing the rape of “help­less” women in the weeks lead­ing up to the late-night at­tack in Le­ices­ter’s Vic­to­ria Park.

Al­though he de­nied any in­ten­tion to kill the woman, Pearce ad­mit­ted two counts of rape, caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent, and steal­ing the vic­tim’s hand­bag, which he later tried to burn.

The vic­tim, aged in her 20s, suf­fered “truly dread­ful” head injuries at the hands of Pearce, who was John Pearce: ‘bar­baric’

cap­tured on CCTV run­ning to­wards the vic­tim.

In a state­ment is­sued by Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice af­ter the case, the vic­tim – praised by of­fi­cers for her “hum­bling” for­ti­tude – told how she woke from a coma weeks later, un­aware of what had hap­pened.

The court heard Pearce, who will be 18 in seven months, had dragged the vic­tim into un­der­growth, where she was found an hour later by a cy­clist who spot­ted a pool of blood.

Pearce will be sen­tenced later.

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