A rapist who attacked and tortured a Coventry teen has been jailed for 11 years.

Timothy Forsyth, of no fixed address, befriended his 19-year-old victim on Hall Green Road before luring him to a children’s play area in Bell Green on the evening of 15 September.

Forsyth attacked the teenager, subjecting him to a horrifying ordeal including beating him and burning his face with lit cigarettes.

The 23-year-old attacker walked the teen home posing as have-a-go hero telling his foster parents that he had come to his rescue after he saw him being assaulted by a group of men.

After Forsyth left, the teenager revealed what had happened and an investigation was launched.

When interviewed by police, Forsyth denied the offence but CCTV footage was found, after he frogmarched his victim to a nearby cash machine after the attack.

Forsyth pleaded guilty to rape, robbery, assault and theft at an earlier hearing and was jailed for 11 years at Warwick Crown Court on Monday (26 June).

Detective Constable Rebecca Jones, who investigated the case, said: “This was a particularly harrowing case, Forsyth had befriended this vulnerable man and then subjected him to a sustained and horrifying attack.

“When he was arrested he fabricated a web of lies and became aggressive in the police interview, spitting and throwing drinks at officers.

“We would like to commend the bravery of the man for coming forward, this has been a lengthy and involved investigation and the man has been supported throughout the long judicial process.

“We would also like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the foster parents who have supported the teenager and our investigation from the outset.

“We hope that this sentence gives some comfort to the victim as he continues to be supported through his recovery.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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