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Quarry assault trial: Convicted rapist gives evidence | Radio New …

The victim of the Riverhead quarry attack unknowingly spent time with a convicted rapist, shortly before she was abducted.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The convicted rapist – who has name suppression – was one of the last men to see the victim before she was taken off an inner-city Auckland street and driven 25 kilometres west to a quarry in Riverhead.

Sometime later she came around to find a man standing over her wearing a white mask and wielding a baseball bat as he made demands of her.

The Crown says the attacker was not the convicted rapist but Colin Jack Mitchell, who is on trial at the High Court in Auckland where he’s denied charges of kidnapping, causing grievous bodily harm and assaulting a woman with intent to sexually violate her.

The convicted rapist told the court he went to see the Gay Pride Parade in Ponsonby and afterwards met the

Read more at: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/350491/quarry-assault-trial-convicted-rapist-gives-evidence

Riverheard trial: Convicted rapist was with victim on night of …

The phone of Colin Mitchell's alleged victim was found next to bloodstains in a remote quarry that she was taken to ...

The phone of Colin Mitchell’s alleged victim was found next to bloodstains in a remote quarry that she was taken to after being abducted.

In the hours before she was abducted, the victim of the Riverhead quarry attack met and spent time with a convicted rapist. 

The woman at the centre of the case had been at the Auckland Pride Parade on Ponsonby Rd on February 25, but was abducted in the early hours of the 26th and taken to a remote quarry North of Auckland. 

The Crown allege it was 59-year-old Colin Jack Mitchell who abducted the woman and intended to sexually violate her

Colin Mitchell, who is on trial for the abduction of a woman in Auckland last year.Read more at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/101463854/riverheard-trial-convicted-rapist-was-with-victim-on-night-of-abduction

French trial on sex with 11-year-old fuels debate on consent

A 29-year-old French man went on trial Tuesday in a Paris suburb for having sex with an 11-year-old girl, a case that has rekindled strong debate on the age of sexual consent in France.

Unlike many countries, France does not have a legal age under which a minor cannot agree to a sexual relationship — although the country’s top court has ruled that children aged five and under cannot consent. Lawyers for the suspect argued that the girl was consenting and aware of what she was doing, while lawyers for the girl have said she was simply too young and confused to resist.

In a decision that shocked many, the prosecutor’s office in the town of Pontoise decided to put the man on trial not for rape but for charges of “sexual abuse of a minor under 15.”

Defense lawyers say the man and the girl

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/trial-rekindles-debate-age-sexual-consent-france-53039448

Victim seeks permission to testify in trial of accused serial rapist

A woman faced accused serial rapist Darryl Patterson in an Orange County courtroom Tuesday and described waking up in a spare bedroom of his Windermere home years ago, not knowing how she got there.

“I had no clothes on,” she said. “I had no recollection of how I got to his home or why I had no clothes on.”

Patterson, 51, faces sexual battery charges in two separate Orange County cases: one involving a woman who now lives in Florida and another involving a woman who lives in Georgia.

The Florida woman, whom the Orlando Sentinel is not naming because she is identified as the victim of a sex crime, was in court Tuesday because prosecutors want Circuit Judge Jenifer Harris’ approval to have her testify in the Georgia woman’s case, saying her testimony will show a pattern of criminal behavior by Patterson.

Convicted Vanderbilt University rapist Brandon Banks asks for new trial

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Defense Attorney Mark Scruggs discusses the verdict in the Brandon Banks rape trial
Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

More than six months into a 15-year prison term for his role in the gang rape of a woman at Vanderbilt University in 2013, Brandon Banks returned to a Nashville courtroom Thursday to argue why he deserved a new trial.

The request is procedural and lays the groundwork for the former Vanderbilt Commodores football player’s appeal.

After a more than 30-minute hearing, Criminal Court

Read more at: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/01/convicted-vanderbilt-university-rapist-brandon-banks-asks-new-trial/1087228001/

Trial begins for alleged ‘serial rapist’ accused of assaulting sexually exploited children

OAKLAND — He told nearly all his victims the same things: They had made a mistake getting into the car with him. Then, he proceeded to force his victims including 14- and 15-year-old girls to perform sex acts, a prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Amanda Chavez called Eljarod Lawson, 37, a “serial rapist” in her opening statements Monday at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, who “preys on young and vulnerable” women.

Lawson is accused of several charges including rape, forcible oral copulation, sodomy, with enhancements including kidnapping and personal use of a firearm for allegations involving three victims from 2007 to 2016.

He would either kidnap the young girls or lure them into his care, sexually assault them, before dumping them back on the streets of Oakland, Chavez said.

“This grown man who preys on young women … is a serial rapist who violently sexually assaulted young women over the course of nine years,”  Chavez said.

The first

Read more at: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/01/29/trial-begins-for-alleged-serial-rapist-accused-of-assaulting-sexually-exploited-children/

Oakland trial begins for alleged ‘serial rapist’ accused of assaulting sexually exploited children

OAKLAND — He told nearly all his victims the same things: They had made a mistake getting into the car with him. Then, he proceeded to force his victims including 14- and 15-year-old girls to perform sex acts, a prosecutor said.

Prosecutor Amanda Chavez called Eljarod Lawson, 37, a “serial rapist” in her opening statements Monday at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, who “preys on young and vulnerable” women.

Lawson is accused of several charges including rape, forcible oral copulation, sodomy, with enhancements including kidnapping and personal use of a firearm for allegations involving three victims from 2007 to 2016.

He would either kidnap the young girls or lure them into his care, sexually assault them, before dumping them back on the streets of Oakland, Chavez said.

“This grown man who preys on young women … is a serial rapist who violently sexually assaulted young women over the course of nine years,”  Chavez said.

The first

Read more at: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/01/29/trial-begins-for-alleged-serial-rapist-accused-of-assaulting-sexually-exploited-children/

Trial begins for alleged Nanticoke rapist – Wilkes Barre Times

WILKES-BARRE — A trial began Wednesday for a Nanticoke man who prosecutors say repeatedly raped a woman at knifepoint in 2016.

Besides rape, Christopher Bates, 44, is facing charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault.

In her opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Cara Lunell Solimine made clear what she thought transpired in the Nanticoke home on Nov. 12, 2016.

“He raped (the woman),” Solimine said.

Solimine said Bates woke the woman by punching her in the face, then duct-taped her mouth shut and prevented her from breathing.

Bates, armed with a knife, then violently removed the duct tape from the woman’s face and forced her to perform oral sex on him, police say. Solimine then said Bates raped the woman three times.

Bates’ attorney, Nandakumar Palissery, kept his opening argument brief, asking jurors to keep their minds open and give Bates a “fair trial.”

“You’re going to see the story that was

Read more at: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local/689244/trial-begins-for-alleged-nanticoke-rapist

Alleged rapist held pending trial – Eagle

LAWRENCE — A Marlborough man accused of raping an intoxicated woman in his tow truck early Christmas morning was ordered held without bail Friday pending his trial. 

Christian Baez, 32, was ordered held behind bars for 120 days or until his trial, whichever comes first, during a dangerousness hearing in Lawrence District Court. Baez is charged with one count of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated rape, one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and one count of assault and battery.

About 3 a.m. Christmas Day, Baez was allegedly leaving his last tow job for Sheehan’s Towing when he stopped to check on a car that had crashed into a snowbank in Methuen. He allegedly put the victim, an adult woman, into his tow truck under the guise of driving her to the hospital, but ended up stopping in a grammar school parking lot, where he sexually assaulted

Read more at: http://www.eagletribune.com/news/merrimack_valley/alleged-rapist-held-pending-trial/article_1131a6d2-cd9a-5809-980b-29a1de6895b5.html

11th District rejects victim-blaming rapist’s new trial request – News



A convicted rapist who attempted to blame his pre-teen victim at sentencing failed to prove the child was not a credible witness, according to the 11th District Court of Appeals.

James Craig, a 39-year-old former West Virginia man, is currently housed at Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield.

After a six-day trial, a Lake County Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition and one count each of importuning and pandering obscenity involving a minor for molesting the 12-year-old girl about 10 times

Read more at: http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20171211/11th-district-rejects-victim-blaming-rapists-new-trial-request