Boyfriend’s horror as he’s left helplessly watching girl’s rape on his phone

The 19-year-old victim had called him using FaceTime after realising she was being followed. It meant that although he was left powerless to halt the attack he was able to capture a screenshot image of her attacker stamping on his girlfriend moments before raping her. The evidence was enough to put Portuguese-born Samuel Fortes behind bars for life this week.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Fortes, 27, followed his victim through the centre of the city in the early hours of Saturday, June 23, last year as she walked home after a night out.

The victim’s boyfriend saw the beginning of her 15-minute ordeal before Fortes smashed her mobile phone, cutting off the footage. He dialled 999 to alert the police.

Fortes, who had travelled from Sheffield to cruise Leeds’s bars, fled, hiding for two hours in a bush before catching a train home.

But he was identified after a single strand of his hair was discovered entangled in the hair of the victim. It revealed his DNA, which was known to police following previous convictions for domestic violence and carrying a knife.

Officers later linked blood-splattered trainers found at his home to the victim. CCTV footage was recovered showing him tailing the student.

He had pleaded guilty to rape and GBH with intent at an earlier appearance and, on Thursday, was sentenced to life with a minimum eight years behind bars. David Gordon, prosecuting, said Fortes, who has lived in the UK for nine years, stamped on his victim and repeatedly punched her in the face during the brutal attack.

As she pleaded with him to stop he simply smirked.

Mr Gordon said: “He punched her with force using both hands. He hit her in the face more than five times.

“He raped her while she was being assaulted. She was powerless to stop him.”

The student suffered a broken eye socket and horrific facial bruising.

She was discovered bloodied and semi-naked by passers-by and told a police officer she thought she was going to die. But in an emotional victim impact statement the victim, who is now 20, told Fortes: “I pity you”.

She added that she “has a lot to look forward to in life and I will not allow a stranger to ruin that for me”.

She and her boyfriend were still together, she said, but admitted: “It was difficult for my boyfriend to see the beginning of the attack.”

Judge Rodney Jameson QC told the victim her “extraordinary” statement was the most remarkable he “had ever encountered”.

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