Praise for bravery of the women attacked

The judge hearing the case said the victims deserved to be commended.
The judge hearing the case said the victims deserved to be commended.

The women who were attacked on the towpath in Rodley should be commended for the bravery shown on that day, the sentencing judge said.

Referring to the actions of the third victim, who fought off her attacker, Judge Neil Clark said: “Her bravery was remarkable. She must have been utterly terrified.”

He said the 40-year-old woman would not have realised her attacker was a teenager and had feared that she would be raped by him.

The judge went on to say that she deserved recognition for her actions from the Crown Prosecution Service or police, as did the second victim.

Judge Clark said the second had proven herself to be “brave and caring” in going to the aid of the 40-year-old when she heard screams just a few minutes after her own ordeal.

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