Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Twisted; Teen Freed from Remand Raped and Battered Pregnant Woman

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Twisted; Teen Freed from Remand Raped and Battered Pregnant Woman

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Byline: By GARRY WILLEY and BRENDA HICKMAN

A TEENAGER who battered and raped a pregnant woman had only just been freed from remand because no hospital bed was available.

Medical reports recommended Anthony Thompson be sent for psychiatric treatment when he appeared before Newcastle magistrates in December But instead, the heavily convicted 17-year-old was released with a supervision order.

And the next day, after a drink and drug binge, he launched his terrifying attack on a young mum-to-be.

Thompson dragged the 20-year-old in a choking head lock down a dark back lane, stifled her screams, pinned her to the ground, and reigned blows on her face as he raped her.

He kept up the onslaught even when she told him she was pregnant, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

And only the sound of approaching police sirens after an anonymous 999 caller raised the alarm finally forced him to run.

The victim struggled to a friend's home nearby, blood-soaked and traumatised.

Thompson, of Benson Road, Newcastle, admitted rape and assault after a billion-to-one DNA hit linked him to the attack.

He was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a secure hospital and put on the sex offenders register for life.

"It is a tragedy for all concerned that at the beginning of December, when he was sentenced, there were two reports saying a hospital order was appropriate," Robert Adams, defending, told the court.

"But due to a lack of bed space, the court felt it had no alternative but to impose a non-custodial sentence.

"Clearly, as is agreed by all psychiatric reports, this is a young man who has significant difficulties."

Thompson, whose record of 43 convictions includes disorder, drunkenness, and attempted robbery, has been in a good mood before he was given drink and drugs.

He attacked his victim as she walked home alone from a friend's home in the city's East End, the court heard.

She was also bitten and scratched by Thompson during the sustained attack. …

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