Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RAPIST: TRIAL WAS UNFAIR AS LAWYER WOULDN'T MAKE VICTIM CRY IN COURT ; Outraged Appeal Judges Throw out Claim - and Add Six Weeks to His Sentence for Wasting Their Time

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RAPIST: TRIAL WAS UNFAIR AS LAWYER WOULDN'T MAKE VICTIM CRY IN COURT ; Outraged Appeal Judges Throw out Claim - and Add Six Weeks to His Sentence for Wasting Their Time

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ARAPIST claimed his trial was unfair - because his lawyer refused to make his traumatised victim cry in the witness box.

Francis Kofi Okrah said his barrister went too easy on the woman he threatened to make pregnant. He claimed barrister, Nicholas Clarke, should have cross-examined her hard enough to reduce her to tears.

But Appeal Court judges were so horrified by Okrah's complaint that they instead gave him an extra six weeks behind bars for wasting their time.

Okrah, 36, of Brook Avenue, Levenshulme, was jailed for seven years at Manchester Crown Court on November 4, 2013.

Challenging his conviction, Okrah said Mr Clarke had been too soft on the woman after she described her ordeal to the jury.

He argued the barrister was wrong when he 'refused to crossexamine the complainant so as to make her cry'. …

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