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Leeds teen carried out rape during sex attack bail period

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A teenager raped a woman in Knaresborough while on bail for an attempted rape of another girl in Yeadon.

Passing an extended sentence on Steven Whitaker at Leeds Crown Court yesterday Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said they were “frightening” offences and he clearly posed a “danger to lone women.”

He said: “It is perfectly clear that neither of these ladies will ever forget what you did to them, they may never recover from the ordeal to which you subjected them.”

Whitaker, now 19, of Wells Court, Yeadon, admitted the attempted rape on May 6 and the rape on September 14 last year. He was sent to a young offender institution for 11 years with four years extended licence.

Chris Smith prosecuting said the first victim, who was aged 18, was out socialising on the evening of May 5 when she saw Whitaker in a pub in Yeadon.

After leaving the pub Whitaker waited until he was alone with his victim before kissing her and trying to rape her.

During the attack he threw away his victim’s phone when she tried to call her boyfriend. She only escaped after shouting out loudly and managing to push Whitaker aside. He ran in the opposite direction, leaving a shoe behind.

While he was on police bail for the attack he met a 28-year-old woman in a pub in Knaresborough.

She had been drinking and accepted by the time they left she was “quite drunk”. The next thing she knew he was kissing her behind a shop on Knaresborough High Street and there was some consensual intimacy, but when she told him she did not want things to go further he ignored her, and proceeded to rape her. She raised the alarm and Whitaker was arrested when his victim identified him to officers. He was uncooperative at the police station, giving his name as Peter Pan.

Richard Reed for Whitaker said he was only 18 at the time. He was also drunk and had expressed remorse.

 
 
 

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