Teenage Thugs Subjected Woman To Rape Countdown In Horrific City Centre Street Attack
A pair of teenage sex attackers have been jailed after subjecting a young woman and a male friend to a terrifying hour-long ordeal.
They struck their 23-year-old male victim on the head with a bottle in a Liverpool city centre alley, and his female companion, 20, was then sexually assaulted and threatened with rape.
The Liverpool Echo has named one of the attackers as 17-year-old Jack Cain, of Kirkstone Road North, Litherland – a thug with previous convictions for arson, armed robbery and assaults, after judge ruled it was in the public interest to lift reporting restrictions.
He, along with his then 16-year-old accomplice, were identified after their descriptions appeared in the ECHO following the horrific robbery in the early hours of August 23 last year.
Ordeal: The pair led their victims to an alleyway near Dale Street in Liverpool
Judge Norman Wright sent Cain to youth detention for six years and three months while the unnamed youth was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in detention.
Judge Wright told how the two victims left the Heaven nightclub, in Victoria Street, to smoke cigarettes and were heading back to the club when the youths arrived then demanded their mobile phones and money, and threatened to kill them if they did not comply.
Cain took the man’s wallet and, disappointed to find it only contained £20, marched the couple to a cash machine outside the Tesco Metro, on Dale Street.
After he was forced to hand over the £100 contents of his bank account, the man asked for them to be left alone but they threatened to kill them.
Crime: The pair had left a club to smoke a cigarette
The court heard that Cain claimed he had a gun, had served prison time before and “wasn’t frightened” of carrying out his threats.
Their ordeal was not over though, as the attackers took them to an alleyway and Cain took their phones.
He then began ordering the woman to perform a sex act on him and said that otherwise he would rape her, and ominously began a 40-second countdown
Judge Wright heard how the victims had to have counselling in the wake of the attack, which lasted between 45 minutes and an hour, and suffered flashbacks and panic attacks.
GettyJailed: The pair were sentence at Liverpool Crown Court
The judge said: “Clearly in this sort of ordeal, the scars that are most telling and most persistent are the psychological ones. They are profound.”
The younger boy, from Huyton, handed himself in to police after his mum saw an article in the ECHO giving his description.
Cain was recognised from CCTV footage at the cash point.
Both pleaded guilty to robbery, wounding with intent and making threats to kill. Cain admitted two counts of sexual assault and the young one admitted assisting the commission of a sexual assault.