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Young man raped another man near a Coventry children's play area

Correspondent 8th Mar, 2017

A YOUNG man who raped another man near a Coventry children’s play area has been remanded in custody to be assessed by a psychiatrist over the risk he poses to the public.

Timothy Forsyth had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to raping and robbing his victim on parkland off Roseberry Avenue, Bell Green.

His case had been adjourned for trial, which had been due to take place later this month.

But at a further hearing, his barrister Sally Hancox asked for six of the charges he faced to be put to him again.

Forsyth (23) of no fixed address, then pleaded guilty to charges of raping the other man during the incident late at night on September 15 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to rob his victim of £200 after frogmarching him to a cash machine to try to withdraw the money from his account.

In addition Forsyth admitted two charges of assaulting the victim, once on the parkland and again at a garage, and stealing his rucksack, some clothing and his medication.

After Forsyth had entered his pleas, prosecutor Michael Williams commented: “In relation to sentence, this is a particularly serious offence, with a high level of violence.”

He pointed out that Forsyth had ‘very limited antecedents,’ with a conviction for burglary in 2004 and a public order offence in 2014.

But Mr Williams added: “Given the circumstances of this case, it may well be the court is considering dangerousness, and may well be assisted by a report addressing those issues.”

Recorder Rachel Brand QC observed: “There is a psychiatric report, but it addresses his fitness to plead rather than the issue of future risk.”

Miss Hancox said the defence would ask the psychiatrist who has already seen Forsyth to prepare a further report on him.

So Recorder Brand adjourned the case for that report, which she said should assess the future risk posed by Forsyth, and remanded him in custody.

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