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