13-year-old British boy gets just three-year detention for raping woman
Published 27/01/2010 | 08:44
A 13-year-old boy who raped a 20-year-old woman in front of his friends and then bragged about his attack to her boyfriend was given just a three-year detention after he showed remorse.
Balal Khan attacked the woman in front of two of his friends, aged 10 and 11, as she walked through a secluded area near Cobridge, in Stoke-on-Trent one evening in September last year.
He subjected her to a severe beating then screamed at her: “Do what I say or I'll kill you”, before raping her.
He was sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ institution.
A judge at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court lifted a restriction preventing the publication of Khan's name after hearing details of the attack.
The court heard how Khan ran up behind his victim and grabbed her around the neck. He punched and kicked her as she lay on the ground before raping her.
Robert Price, prosecuting, said: "She started screaming and attempted to get to her feet. He responded by punching her in the mouth and knocked her back on the ground.
"He stood over her and kicked her to the side of her face. He started shouting at her and warned that if she struggled he would 'kill' her."
The court heard two boys, aged 10 and 11, who knew Khan, stood nearby and shouted at him to stop
Afterwards Khan, of Cobridge, took the victim's bag, containing an iPod and mobile phone.
He then answered a call from the victim's boyfriend. When asked why he had the phone, Khan bragged about what had taken place.
He later sold the phone and iPod, but not before making a call to his parents' home. The mobile's call records led police straight to Khan's address.
He plead guilty to rape and robbery.
Naomi Perry, mitigating, said he had shown remorse for what he had done.
"We are dealing with a very immature young man," she said. "He has been having anger management classes and he feels these have helped him."
Judge Paul Glenn told Khan, now aged 14, that his offences were "grave" and that an adult convicted of the same crimes would have been jailed for eight or nine years.
He added: "It was a terrifying experience for this young woman and she will be left psychologically scarred."
By British law, anyone under 18 years old faces a lesser sentence for rape than an adult, and for those aged 14 or under the term is reduced further.