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Crown wants 14 years for vicious teen rapist

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Manitoba Justice is seeking up to 14 years in prison for a young offender who broke into a woman's Fort Richmond apartment, beat and robbed her for weekend party money and then viciously raped her.

Nothing short of 12 to 14 years behind bars is enough to protect the public from the now 19-year-old offender, who was 17 at the time of the random July 9, 2011 attack, provincial court Judge Ray Wyant heard Wednesday.

He previously pleaded guilty to break and enter to commit robbery and aggravated sexual assault. Both offences carry maximum prison terms of life.

Crown attorney Dan Angus called the crimes "horrific," "chilling," and "every person's nightmare…

"I don't think I'm overstating it," Angus said.

Although Wyant will ultimately sentence the offender as an adult, he cannot be identified until after the court pronounces sentence.

The 27-year-old victim was at home alone in the evening when she saw the offender trying to get in through one of her windows. She pushed him back, but he simply forced his way inside and began beating her.

She tripped over a bicycle and couldn't get away. She did, however, managed to call her husband and the brutal attack was overheard by him as he called 911.

The victim handed over whatever money she had, but he simply proceeded to beat her some more and then seriously sexually assaulted her despite her pleas for him to stop.

"Just let me love you," the offender told her. "You're raping me," the terrified woman replied. "Well just let me rape you then," he said.

The attack was interrupted when the husband came home, with police not far behind him. "Who knows what would have happened if he did not arrive when he did," Angus said.

The attacker fled out the window he came in through, badly cutting himself. Police followed the blood trail and arrested him nearby.

The victim continues to suffer immense psychological trauma from the incident and has been diagnosed with PTSD. In an impact statement read previously to Wyant, she called the offender's crimes acts of "pure evil."

He was on probation at the time stemming from prior break and enter convictions.

Court has heard about 36 hours before the attack, the offender also broke into a Pembina Highway apartment and terrorized two woman through his sudden appearance inside their home. He made off with some of their property and underwear.

The teen suffers from severe psychological issues and has been diagnosed with Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. His upbringing was atrocious and marred by severe sexual and physical abuse, court has heard.

Angus read from a psychologist's report outlining how the offender is aroused through violence and rough sexual contact.

He told a psychologist he "regularly plays with the devil," and also that, "'I have a gift, I think I might be in the middle of God and the devil,'" said Angus.

Defence lawyer Jay Funke has yet to say what sentence he is seeking, but urged Wyant to remember that rehabilitation and reintegration are still major factors for the court to consider despite the adult sentence being handed out.

"His personal background is one that is staggering to comprehend," said Funke. "There's a long history of loss and grief (he's) endured in his short life," the lawyer added.

The offender's neutral expression didn't change once during the two-hour hearing, which continues this afternoon.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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