The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A teenager who raped a woman at knife­point in bushes in Peter­bor­ough - and sex­u­ally as­saulted and robbed an­other fe­male at the same spot - will be sen­tenced in the new year.

The 16-year-old boy at­tacked the two women within six days of each other near Rhubarb Bridge in the au­tumn last year.

While he was found to be not fit to stand trial, a hear­ing took place at Cam­bridge Crown Court to find whether he com­mit­ted the acts or not.

The jury were told they could not re­turn guilty ver- dicts - but af­ter four hours of de­lib­er­a­tions they con­cluded the youth had com­mit­ted the crimes.

Judge Jonathan Cooper ad­journed the hear­ing un­til Jan­uary 11. Two psy­chi­a­trists will carry out re­ports on the teenager ahead of sen­tenc­ing.

There were tears in the pub­lic gallery where the boy’s par­ents were sit­ting through­out the case - although the boy did not at­tend the hear­ings. The teenager will be present at the next hear­ing.

The court had heard how the teenager raped a 24-yearold woman, who was walk­ing along the foot­path near to AMF Bowl­ing off Bret­ton Way, near to Rhubarb Bridge on Septem­ber 30. He was armed with a knife.

The jury was also told when the vic­tim re­ported the at­tack to po­lice, her shirt was ex­am­ined for foren­sic ev­i­dence. DNA was found on the cloth­ing, and it matched the boy’s DNA - with Dun­can O’Don­nell, pros­e­cut­ing, telling the jury there was a ‘one in one bil­lion’ chance the DNA could have come from some­one else.

A sec­ond at­tack took place on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6, when a 19-year-old woman was walk­ing along the foot­path which runs along­side the bowl­ing al­ley, near to Rhubarb Bridge. The youth slapped her on the bot­tom, grabbed her arms and snatched her hand­bag. The vic­tim later iden­ti­fied the boy dur­ing an iden­tity pa­rade.

Po­lice search­ing the area af­ter the at­tacks

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