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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT

FROM BRITISH COURTS | 35

While summing up the judge clarified the nature of the charges and
elements which must all be present and proven to reach a guilty
verdict.

The jury retired yesterday afternoon, and resumed deliberations this
morning, returning with their verdict at 2.20 pm.

The judge thanked the jury for their service. HG

RAPE: GUILTY VERDICT

By Helen Gavaghan at Bradford, Crown Court.

3rd June, 2016
This morning at Bradford Crown Court (UK) [Male] (29) of Bradford was
found guilty of two counts of rape and one of attempted rape. The jury
verdicts were unanimous. Mr [] was remanded in custody until 1st July
2016, and told he faces a substantial prison sentence. His Honour
Judge Roger Thomas QC, the trial judge, who is also the resident judge
of Bradford Law Courts, placed the defendant by order on the sex of-
fenders' register.

When I spoke with Mr [] yesterday in the Court's public area and asked
if I may ask his occupation, he said "no", and asked where what I write
would be printed.

Mr [] had, by yesterday, already pleaded guilty to charges brought
simultaneously of assaulting his victim and damaging her property.
Those offences took place during the same overnight period as the
rapes and attempted rape of which he was found guilty today.

In summing up the prosecution yesterday reminded the jury they had
seen photographs of the damage caused by the assault on the
complainant.

The Court heard that the victim tried to retract her initial allegation of
rape a few days after her complaint, but had wanted the pros-
ecution for assault of herself and damage to her property to go ahead.

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Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.

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