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Rapist of vulnerable man in Coventry park jailed for 11 years

Correspondent 27th Jun, 2017

A MAN who attacked and raped a vulnerable teenager in a Coventry park, forced him to perform oral sex and tried to rob him, has been jailed for 11 years.

Timothy Forsyth was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of raping his 19-year-old victim.

Forsyth (23) of no fixed address, had also admitted attempting to rob the young man, stealing his rucksack and two charges of assaulting him.

Prosecutor Adrian Fleming said that in September last year the victim, who has epilepsy, had spent the day in Birmingham trying to sort out some accommodation with his social worker.

While accommodation was being found for him, he went out drinking with some friends – and when he returned he was told he could not go to the accommodation because he was drunk.

So he went to his former foster parents in Coventry where he was told he could stay the night.

But he then left, taking his rucksack in which he had his medication and some clothes, and went into the city centre before getting a bus to Bell Green.

As he walked along Hall Green Road he was approached by Forsyth, who gave his name as Connor and suggested they go into a nearby park for a drink.

In the park he offered to carry the youth’s rucksack which he took into some bushes, and the teenager followed him.

“The defendant then began to assault him physically and sexually. He pulled his trousers down and pushed him to the floor and raped him,” said Mr Fleming.

His victim tried to push him off, but Forsyth was stronger, threatened to kill him, and kicked him to the face and body.

Forsyth then forced the young man to perform oral sex on him before demanding £200 from him from a nearby cash machine.

He then forced him into a garage where there was a further alleged sexual assault, kicking his victim to the face and inflicting cigarette burns.

The police were called, and Forsyth, who had previous convictions for burglary in 2004 and a public order offence in 2014, was identified from a cigarette butt.

Officers went to his sister’s home where they were told he had been and had left some clothes and put a rucksack in the bin, said Mr Fleming.

When Forsyth was arrested, his alibi was disproved by police, and he was picked out by his victim.

Sally Hancox, for Forsyth, who had visible scarring to his right arm, said: “He is a young man who has presented himself as someone who is utterly self-destructive.

“His lower right arm presents the physical marks of that.. He has deep-rooted frustrations which he takes out on himself and on others.

“He had a girlfriend, but they had split up, and on this evening he had taken a catalogue of alcohol and other substances, and he says he hadn’t slept for three days.

“It is hoped that, if he engages, he can be helped. He is learning to write, and has got a certificate for English while on remand,” added Miss Hancox.

Jailing Forsyth, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “I am sure, in the cold light of day, you appreciate that this would have been a terrifying ordeal, particularly for a young man with problems.

“You effectively abducted him and raped him twice. It was a sustained incident which lasted for nearly an hour, and there was significant violence.”

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