Man who attacked and raped a teenager in a Coventry park jailed for eleven years - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

Man who attacked and raped a teenager in a Coventry park jailed for eleven years

A MAN who attacked and raped a vulnerable teenager in a Coventry park and tried to rob him, has been jailed for 11 years.

Timothy Forsyth was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to two charges of raping his 19-year-old victim.

Forsyth (23) of no fixed address, had also admitted attempting to rob the young man, stealing his rucksack and two charges of assaulting him.

Prosecutor Adrian Fleming said that in September last year the victim, a vulnerable 19-year-old with epilepsy, had spent the day in Birmingham trying to sort out some accommodation with his social worker.

But while accommodation was being found for him, he went out drinking with some friends – and when he returned he was told he could not go to the accommodation because he was drunk.

So he was taken to his former foster parents in Coventry where he was told he could stay the night.

But he then left, taking his rucksack in which he had his medication and some clothes, and went into the city centre before getting a bus to Bell Green.

As he then walked along Hall Green Road he was approached by Forsyth, who gave his name as Connor and suggested they go into a nearby park for a drink.

In the park he offered to carry the youth’s rucksack which he took into some bushes, and the teenager followed him.

“The defendant then began to assault him physically and sexually. He pulled his trousers down and pushed him to the floor and raped him,” said Mr Fleming.

His victim tried to push him off, but Forsyth was stronger than him and told him that if he moved, he would kill him, and kicked him to the face and body.

Forsyth then forced the young man to perform sex acts on him before demanding £200 from him.

The teenager did not have any cash, so Forsyth took him to a cash machine in Riley Square – but the only card his victim had was a gift card, so no money could be obtained.

He then forced him into a garage where it was said a further sexual assault took place.

Forsyth assaulted him again, kicking him to the face and inflicting cigarette burns to his face before his ordeal finally came to an end.

The police were called, and Forsyth, whose only previous convictions were for a burglary in 2004 and a public order offence in 2014, was identified from a cigarette butt.

When Forsyth was arrested he put forward an alibi which was disproved by the police, and he was picked out by his victim.

Sally Hancox, for Forsyth, who had visible scarring to his right arm, said: “He is a young man who has presented himself as someone who is utterly self-destructive.

“He has deep-rooted frustrations which he takes out on himself and on others. On this night he took his rage out on someone else, and that rage must have been considerable.

“It is hoped that, if he engages, he can be helped. “

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