Beast filmed rape of homeless woman in attack that took her 'last ounce of dignity'

-Credit: (Image: Police)
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A vile rapist took a homeless woman's "last ounce of dignity" when he forced her to strip naked before filming himself raping her.

Liam Stimpson was celebrating his birthday and had been drinking when he came across the victim. After raping her, the 24-year-old then physically beat her, by tripping her up, punching her and kicking her to the head.

CCTV footage showed both of them walking to Bakers Row in Cariff before returning to St Mary's Street and separating from each other, WalesOnline reports.

However, Stimpson continued to follow the victim, and attacked her in an underpass, the city's Crown Court heard. She suffered considerable injuries to her face, and her right eye was swollen shut. Stimpson then ordered the victim to strip naked.

Sentencing, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: "You recorded this incident for your own sexual gratification, as some kind of trophy to view at your leisure or to show to others. It shows a woman who is naked, battered, bloodied and frightened for her life."

The victim pleaded with Stimpson but he continued the attack by ordering her to perform a sex act. He told her he was the "boss" and she would do whatever he told her to do, before raping her. Describing the incident, Judge Jenkins said: "Your behaviour was callous, bordering at times on the sadistic. There was menace to your voice."

After the attack the victim managed to escape but Stimpson caught up with her and tripped her up from behind, causing her to fall heavily to the floor. Whilst she was on the floor and screaming for help, the defendant punched her twice to the face and kicked her to the head.

The police were called when the victim sought refuge in a nearby pub where a cleaner helped her. The victim was taken to hospital where she spent several days being treated for a broken nose, head injuries and wrist injuries.

In a victim impact statement read to the court by prosecutor Nicola Powell, the victim said: "I would like to say this has destroyed my life. I cannot sleep at night, I can picture everything and I keep seeing his face. This has changed my whole opinion towards men. I want this male to end up in prison for what he has done to me.

"I worry about him doing this to another female. I am in fear of this male being released from prison and attacking me again, both sexually and physically. It affected me greatly. I am unable to socialise with others at present, I want to be alone to block out what's happened to me."

Stimpson, of Uphill Road, Llanrumney, was found guilty of two counts of rape, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis. The court heard the defendant had a number of previous convictions including theft, attempted theft, attempted robbery and possession of a controlled drug.

In mitigation, Ruth Smith said her client was very sorry for the violence he used against the victim. The barrister said Stimpson has neurodiverse disabilities, long-standing symptoms of ADHD, a recent diagnosis of autism and at the time of the offences was "self-medicating' with cannabis.

Judge Jenkins told the defendant: "This was not consent. This was domination by you to her... You have not shown one scintilla or remorse or sympathy for your victim. You forced the victim to relive events of that night and the effect on her in the witness box is palpable...

"You degraded and humiliated her...and forced her to crawl like a dog while you filmed it. You completely humiliated her and took away the last ounce of dignity from her."

Stimpson, who became distressed in the dock, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, of which he will serve two thirds in custody. He was also made subject to sex offender notification requirements and a restraining order indefinitely.

Following the hearing detective inspector Katherine Barry from South Wales Police said: “Stranger attacks such as these are extremely unusual in Cardiff but in Liam Stimpson we had a dangerous individual. The level of violence he used, and degradation of the victim was horrendous. He is an absolute danger to women. We would like to thank the witnesses who came forward as a result of the press appeal for information and those who bravely gave evidence. We would also like to pay tribute to the victim’s support officer who has been an invaluable support to the victim and the investigation.”

Rhianydd Jones, senior crown prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This case highlights the extreme violence and disregard for human dignity exhibited by the defendant. We are grateful to the jury for their careful consideration and to the victim for her bravery in coming forward, which has resulted in these convictions”.

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