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Sometimes the legal system put in place to protect victims can turn
around to protect criminals and this is one of such cases. A rapist
who attacked a girl no fewer than 22 times over a five year period
and got her pregnant has been granted a restraining order against
the girl after she punched him in the face.
47-year-old Wayne Pickering from Hull, East Yorkshire UK
continuously molested the teenager in spite of pleas by her for him
to stop on a number of occasions. To deal with the unavoidable
abuse, the girl revealed that she covered her face with a pillow while
he raped her and was powerless to resist him. She also revealed that
she terminated the pregnancy resulting from the rape.
During a chance encounter with her abuser, the victim punched
Pickering in the face and he was granted a restraining order against
her. Another judge has labeled this decision as 'a grotesque
subversion of reality.'
The restraining order notwithstanding, Wayne Pickering has been
jailed for 15 years after being convicted at the Hull Crown Court by
a jury on a three-counts charge of rape and indecent assault.
Pickering initially tried to deny the allegations against him but the
court ruling went in favour of the victim.
In a victim statement released by the prosecutor, the victim
revealed that she did not tell anyone of the abuse because she felt
no one would believe her.
"I often feel sick to the stomach that I allowed that to happen but
did not tell anyone. I feel that I'm broken and can't be fixed. I wish
I could erase my brain and start again." She revealed in the
Pickering, even after serving his term, must sign the sex offenders
register for life.