Devon

Tiverton youth, 17, found guilty of raping woman

A teenager from Devon has been found guilty of raping a young woman.

The 17-year-old, from Tiverton, denied two counts of rape but was convicted by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, bound and then attacked his 18-year-old girlfriend, the court heard.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing reports to be prepared. The judge told him that he was facing a long jail term.

The jury was told the youth "confessed" about what he had done in a text message.

The prosecution said in that over three days in October 2010, there were 437 calls and text messages between the defendant and the victim.

Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said some of those messages were significant, reading out one which said: "I know I hit you and know you had sex with me when you did not want to. I know what I have done."

'Violent young man'

Mr Brunton said the defendant was a "violent young man" and the attacks were not an isolated incident.

The court heard he admitted two counts of assaulting the girlfriend he raped, punching her in the face and splitting her lip.

Mr Brunton also told the court the youth admitted two assaults on a previous teenage girlfriend, causing her actual bodily harm when he headbutted and punched her.

After he was arrested for the rapes, the youth told police he had anger management issues.

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