YEP Says, October 9: A picture of evil - but it’s his victim we remember

Have your say

We publish without apology today a picture released by police of the man who raped a young woman in Beeston earlier this year.

Zdenko Turtak has admitted the attack in which he grabbed his 18-year-old victim, dragged her into a garden, battered her with a rock and raped her.

He will be sentenced for the attack on October 19 after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge him with attempted murder.

The city will remember all too well the horrific details of the attack.

Hundreds of officers were involved in the investigation and the BBC screened a reconstruction on its Crimewatch programme.

DNA details were sent to police forces in more than 100 countries and Turtak was eventually found in his native Slovakia, and extradited.

The brave victim spoke out about her ordeal earlier this year in a bid to help catch her attacker.

“I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what happened. I’ve stopped sleeping because I can see what happened when I am trying to sleep,” she said.

We publish Turtak’s picture on page one today because it is the right thing to do, to unmask him and, in doing so, diminish him.

But let us not spend too much time thinking about him.

Instead let’s remember the nameless woman (her identity is, of course, quite rightly protected by law) whose world he changed forever.

We hope the love and support of her family and friends sustain her and help her as she strives to rebuild her life.

Tasty chance to win an Oliver

The number of entries for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s celebrated Oliver Awards already look set to be out-stripping last year’s event. Now in their eighth year, the awards celebrate the cream of the crop of the Leeds and district dining scene and this year, for the first time, we are asking you, the public, to nominate your favourite restaurant .

To enter go to our dedicated website: