British rapist on the run after guilty verdict

It's rare that sexual abusers are brought to justice. For one 20-year-old rapist, even being found guilty wasn't enough to put him behind bars.

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish NewsMavens, Europe
British rapist on the run after guilty verdict - NewsMavens

Why this story matters:

An anonymous 16-year-old girl told a UK court that she was sexually assaulted in a car park and secluded English woodland in December 2016. She was given alcohol and cannabis after being picked up by two men, she said.

"They were just passing me around, just like I was this piece of meat," she said.

The two men, Bradley Tout, 20, and Kulin Odedra, 28 were found guilty of attacking the girl. The jury was unanimous in their decision at Worcester Crown Court on October 4, 2018. 

Tout was about to be sentenced to seven and a half years in prison when, to the shock of the court's judge, he made an escape out of the building. Tout vaulted over the court dock and forced his way out of the building's front doors.

There is now an ongoing manhunt for Tout, one of the small proportion of men reported for sexual assault who are found guilty.

The number of rape charges in England and Wales is at its lowest level in 10 years. The number of prosecutions has decreased by 23%, despite reports increasing.

While this is a freak incident, it's a stark reminder of how difficult it is to prosecute sexual abuse. Despite difficulties in gathering evidence of rape and convincing a court, even when a man is found guilty, he may not end up serving his time.

The manhunt for Tout is ongoing.

Details from the story:

  • Jurors at Worcester Crown Court unanimously convicted Bradley Tout, 20, of an attack on a teenage girl in December 2016.
  • Tout scaled the courtroom during sentencing on October 4 2018 and made an escape from the court.
  • The manhunt was still taking place on the afternoon of his escape.
  • Judge Nicholas Cartwright told jurors he had "never seen anything like that happen before".
  • Tout's co-defendant, Kullin Odedra, 28, was jailed for 11 and a half years for three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape.
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