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Thursday, 26 May 2011

"Guernsey Dish Out A Fitting Deterrent Of Three Life Sentences"

A teenager who admitted raping one woman and attempting to rape two others in Guernsey has been given three life sentences.

Filipe Burton was just 18 when he carried out the attacks over a six week period last summer.

Caged Filipe has been ordered to serve the time concurrently, which means the three sentences will run at the same time.

In sentencing, Judge Russell Finch said at the Royal Court, there was 'a highly significant risk of [Burton] re offending against adult female strangers' and said he should only be released when no longer a danger to women and even then only on licence with supervision. - News, Weather & Information for the Channel Islands - Filipe Burton rape verdict

In newly-released CCTV footage, Burton is shown (above) calmly walking through St Peter Port just 25 minutes after one of his attacks.

However, in mitigation, Filipe's advocate said his client - who is now 19 - had 'some learning deficit and wasn't very much more than a child' at the time of the crimes.

Filipe struck fear into women in the island and led to police admitting that it was 'not safe' for women to walk home alone at night.

Burton attacked his three victims in three separate incidents in St Peter Port, prompting police to warn women to take a taxi home at night or walk with friends.

Burton stalked his victims on deserted roads and lanes. First, he raped a woman in Forest Lane; then, a fortnight later, came an attempted rape in Cambridge Park Road; and finally another attempted rape in Forest Lane.

Burton will serve his time in youth detention before prison when he turns 21.

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