Sunday 24 June 2018

Ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner appeals sexual assault conviction

Lawyers claim the original case was a 'detailed and lengthy set of lies'

Former Stanford student Brock Turner who was sentenced to six months in county jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman is shown in this Santa Clara County Sheriff's booking photo taken January 18, 2015, and received June 7, 2016
Former Stanford student Brock Turner who was sentenced to six months in county jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman is shown in this Santa Clara County Sheriff's booking photo taken January 18, 2015, and received June 7, 2016

Rachel Roberts

A former Stanford University swimmer who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party, is to appeal his conviction.

Brock Turner's case made headlines around the world, when the former Olympic hopeful was sentenced to just six months in prison despite a powerful written statement delivered by his victim in which which she outlined the impact the attack had on her.

Judge Aaron Persky said a longer sentence would have a “damaging” effect on his life, even though he was found guilty of three separate counts of sexual assault for the 2015 attack. He served just three months after being released early for good behaviour.

Lawyers for Turner, now 22, filed an appeal for the Ohio native, arguing his trial in March 2016 heard a “detailed and lengthy set of lies”. They hope to overturn the requirement for Turner to be on the register of sex offenders for life.

The details of the case sparked outrage after two Stanford graduate students testified they had spotted Turner thrusting himself into his unconscious victim. Both he and the woman had drunk heavily at a student party at the elite institution.

Turner maintained the woman was not unconscious but the victim said she had woken up hours after the attack with blood on her hands and no memory of meeting Turner or being taken to hospital.

His legal adviser John Tompkins said what happened was not a crime and the facts do not reflect the verdict.

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