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Teen rapist to learn fate in court today

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The fate of a Winnipeg teen who raped a woman during a random home invasion is set to be decided today.

The boy, who was 17 at the time of the July 2011 attack in Fort Richmond, is seeking to remain under the Youth Criminal Justice Act where he faces a maximum of two years behind bars.

But the Crown says that's not nearly enough considering the brutality of the crime. Prosecutors want a double-digit adult sentence, which may be the longest ever dished out for a non-homicide against a youth.

Submissions began last fall and have continued periodically over the past nine months with further reports being submitted.

Provincial court Judge Ray Wyant will return to court today with his long-awaited verdict. Many legal eyes, not only in Manitoba but across the country, will surely be watching.

The accused, who can't be named if he is sentenced as a youth, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and breaking, entering and committing robbery. The Crown wants a sentence of at least 10 years, which justice sources say might be the longest-ever penalty for such a crime involving a youth in Manitoba.

The 28-year-old victim broke down in tears last year as she described the physical and emotional toll of being violated by the stranger inside her apartment.

The woman was home alone one evening when she spotted someone trying to get into the window of her ground-floor suite. She called her husband, who was at work, and made plenty of noise to let the intruder know someone was inside.

The teen forced his way inside, chased the woman down the hallway and then jumped on her when she tripped over a bicycle and was injured. Her husband heard her screams for help while still on the phone. He called 911 and raced home.

The teen repeatedly punched the woman in the face and upper body as she pleaded for him to stop, court was told.

She turned over the contents of her wallet -- approximately $55 -- but he continued to attack her and began pulling off her clothing as she tried to curl into a fetal position.

"He told her, 'Let me love you,' " Crown attorney Dan Angus told court. She tried to bite the youth and fight back. "Then he said, 'Let me rape you.' "

The sexual assault began but was interrupted moments later when the victim's husband came running through the front door. The teen jumped up and fled out the window he'd broken to get inside, cutting himself badly in the process.

Police followed a trail of blood and found the teen a few blocks away. He has been in custody ever since.

The youth has a lengthy criminal record and was on probation at the time for a previous break-and-enter conviction at the time of his arrest. He also has a long history of breaching court orders and comes from a troubled background.

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