Judge condemns teenager who raped woman while on bail for sex attack

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A teenager raped a woman in Knaresborough while on bail for an attempted rape of another girl in West Yorkshire.

Passing an extended sentence on Steven Whitaker at Leeds Crown Court yesterday, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said they were “frightening” offences and he clearly posed a “danger to lone women”.

The second offence had involved an “element of targeting” of a woman who was vulnerable after drinking.

“It is perfectly clear that neither of these ladies will ever forget what you did to them, they may never recover from the ordeal to which you subjected them.”

Whitaker, now 19, of Wells Court, Yeadon, Leeds, admitted the attempted rape on May 6 and the rape on September 14 last year and was sent to a young offender institution for 11 years with four years extended licence.

Chris Smith, prosecuting, said the first victim, an 18-year-old, was out socialising on the evening of May 5 when she saw Whitaker in a pub in Yeadon. They had a mutual friend although they had not previously spoken to each other.

In the early hours, after they had walked another girl to a house nearby, he attacked her. When the police were called he tried to blame his victim.

He was bailed by police while forensic tests were carried out.

But on September 13, he struck again, raping a 28-year-old woman behind a shop in Knaresborough having met her earlier in a pub.

Police were with her when Whitaker returned to the 
scene.

Richard Reed, for Whitaker, said he was only 18 at the time and immature.

He was also affected by drink and had expressed remorse in a letter he had written to the judge.