My Sex Attacker Gets More Care Than I Do; Scarred Victim Languishes in NHS Queue While Latvian Is Given PS500-a-Day Treatment at a Private Hospital

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My Sex Attacker Gets More Care Than I Do; Scarred Victim Languishes in NHS Queue While Latvian Is Given PS500-a-Day Treatment at a Private Hospital


Byline: Chris Brooke

A SEX attack victim yesterday hit out at the 'disgusting' contrast between the care given to a Latvian who tried to rape her and her own treatment by the authorities. While Rolands Brize has cost taxpayers an estimated PS150,000 including psychiatric help at a private hospital, his victim has suffered delays getting NHS treatment for the scars inflicted during the terrifying assault.

The 23-year-old graphic designer has also been distressed by having to wait 13 months to see Brize jailed since he pleaded guilty to attempted rape because sentencing was repeatedly adjourned. She has attended almost all of his 12 court appearances - and was at Hull Crown Court yesterday to see the 26-year-old finally given a life sentence and hospital order for attacking her as she walked home from a nightclub.

Outside court she said: 'All the delays have left me feeling that all the care in this case has gone to him and there has been nothing for the victim. The contrast in the amount spent on him and me is amazing. I know he is ill, but I think the contrast in care is disgusting. He is getting more attention and more care than me.' In court Judge Mark Bury - who called Brize a dangerous man with an ingrained hatred of women - said: 'The number of adjournments has added to the victim's distress.' And he expressed sympathy for her view that 'the system is designed to help the accused, not the victim'.

The estimated PS150,000 bill for taxpayers since Brize's arrest includes a four-month stay at a PS500-a-day private psychiatric hospital owned by the Priory Group as well as the cost of keeping him in prison and legal representation.

His victim, meanwhile, has endured delays and problems in getting NHS treatment to reduce her scars. She is currently in an 'NHS queue' awaiting treatment.

She is also furious that UK authorities were helpless to stop Brize moving here despite him having been sent to a mental hospital in Latvia for burning down his family home. …

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