Leeds teenager jailed for rape and carjacking attacks

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A Leeds teenager who raped a vulnerable girl and subjected a woman to a terrifying knifepoint carjacking has been locked up for 11 years.

Leeds Crown Court heard Akwia Bryant, 18, also drove a stolen Mini at 120mph while fleeing police during a six-month crime spree.

A jury convicted Bryant, of Stonegate Place, Meanwood, of raping a 17-year-old girl in Leeds on April 12 last year.

He invited the vulnerable teenager to his flat where he raped her in the kitchen.

Prosecutor, Nick Askins said five days later – at 11pm on June 17 last year – Bryant opened the passenger door of a Vauxhall Corsa which stopped at traffic lights on Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton Leeds.

He got in the car, pointed a knife at the woman driving it and told her to drive to Potternewton Grove where he told her to get out of the car before stealing it.

Bryant was on police bail for the rape when he crashed a stolen Peugeot car during a police chase on South Farm Road in Harehills on April 19 last year.

On August 28 he arranged to meet the owner of an Audi A3 worth £8,500 after spotting it for sale and drove off alone in the vehicle after test driving it.

On September 9 he met the owner of a Mini Cooper advertised for sale before stealing the keys.

Police gave chase after the Mini failed to stop the following day and pursued it from near Leeds city centre to Wakefield via the M621 and the M1.

Bryant drove dangerously and at more than 120mph at one point. Bryant admitted a string of offences including dangerous driving, theft and robbery.

Sending Bryant to a young offender institution for 11 years, Judge Mushtaq Khokar told him: “You took her into the kitchen and there you raped her.”