World News

Teen rapist snarls abuse on Snapchat after being accused of sex crime

Don’t miss a thing by getting the Daily Star’s biggest headlines straight to your inbox!

A disturbing video shows the snarling face of a "highly dangerous" teenager who raped a 13-year-old girl.

Shaun Bennett attacked his vulnerable victim in woodland, just weeks after meeting her online, Liverpool ECHO reports.

There is no mugshot of Bennett but the paper unveiled a Snapchat video he filmed of himself, said to be in response to being called a rapist by another teen.

In the clip filled with swear words and curses, he screams with rage and uses a homophobic slur.

He then yells: "Get Liverpool right now, I'm telling you lad, get f*****g Liverpool right now!"

Bennett, formerly of Liscard, Wallasey, but now of Bishopgate Street, Wavertree, added to his young victim's pain by denying the sex attack for two years.

After the first rape, the 15-year-old subjected her to a second sex attack, then threatened her on Instagram when she went to the police.

Now aged 18, a judge branded him "utterly shameful and wicked" when locking him up for seven and a half years.

Merseyside Police said they didn't have a mugshot of Bennett, because he voluntarily attended an interview.

Just a week before a trial – and four days before his 18th birthday in September – he finally pleaded guilty to rape, sexual assault and assault by penetration.

  • ISIS bride Shamima Begum's 'poor attempt' at sadness exposed by body language expert

A judge said the remorseless teen had a "misogynistic approach to young women" and "finds it funny causing someone to be upset".

Bennett already had a conviction for sexually abusing a young girl when he was aged just 14, for which he received a 12-month referral order in 2018.

In 2019 he was caught with a knife. For possessing a bladed article, common assault and battery he was handed a Youth Rehabilitation Order.

That summer, he befriended his 13-year-old victim online.

Ben Jones, prosecuting, said Bennett took her into secluded woods, pushed her against a wall, and tried to pull her pants down.

The judge said the young victim "said no and meant no", but Bennett was "consumed by desire" and treated the victim with "utter contempt".

Bennett called her a "d**** little c***" and despite her trying to push him off, he raped her.

The judge said the traumatised girl was "too scared to tell anyone" but later confided in a school counsellor and a report was made to police.

Recorder Unsworth told the rapist: "Her bravery contrasts with your cowardice."

The judge said Bennett knew what he did was "very wrong and very serious" and hoped by threatening the girl she wouldn't report him, but he "couldn't have been more wrong".

In a victim statement, the girl said she is now scared of boys and she was made to feel "disgusting and vile", having changed her appearance as a result.

Andrew McInnes, defending, said his client had limited contact with his dad, some contact with one set of grandparents, and no contact with his mum – none of whom were in court.

He quoted a report from a member of Wirral Youth Offending Service, which said: "Shaun is a young man who has experienced significant childhood trauma.

"He's grown up in a dysfunctional household with a lack of positive attachment, which has led to him existing in survival mode for much of his childhood."

The judge was required by law to sentence Bennett based on his age at the time of the attacks.

He said: "You are a highly dangerous young man."

Recorder Unsworth locked Bennett up for seven and a half years, with an extended five years on licence, and told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

  • Crime

Source: Read Full Article