Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Abuser who dipped homeless teenager's head into cooking oil before raping her is named as victim waives anonymity

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A woman who was subjected to what a judge described as “a depraved and humiliating period of sexual and physical abuse” as a teenager has waived her right to anonymity.

The victim was abused over a three-year period beginning in April 2006 when she was just 15.

Her abuser, who was jailed for 12 years at Londonderry Crown Court on January 8 when he pleaded guilty to 18 charges of sexual abuse, can now be named.

He is 44-year-old Rodney Joseph Campbell from Sperrin Road in Limavady.

His victim, who can now also be named, is Laura Forest.

In court yesterday her solicitor Paddy McGurk told sentencing Judge Philip Babington that Ms Forest had instructed him to apply for the anonymity order in relation to her to be lifted.

In response, Judge Babington said: “There is no such thing as an anonymity order.

“Injured parties have the statutory right in sexual cases to have their identity protected.

“They automatically have a life-long right to anonymity.

“Defendants do not have that right but the Press are under a statutory duty not to do anything that might identify the injured party.

“But it is my view that if a complainant, as has happened in two other recent cases in this court, wishes to waive her right to anonymity, it is her right.

“Therefore if the media wish to name the defendant in this case there is nothing I can do about it unless there is an application from the defendant, for example in respect of his human rights.

“The application is therefore granted which means as the complainant has waived her right to anonymity she can be named and it means the defendant can be named,” he said.

Solicitor Don Mahoney for Campbell said: “Because I accept there is no basis to challenge the complainant's right, I am making no application in respect of the defendant.”

The graphic details of the case caused widespread shock in the north west area.

As well as sexually abusing her, Campbell dipped her head in cooking oil, stubbed out a cigarette on her body, ripped out her earring causing injury to her ear and regularly throttled her causing her to black out.

Judge Babington said Campbell had treated the girl “as his own personal plaything and subjected her to gratuitous violence of the very worst type”.

As well as being jailed for 12 years, Campbell will be the subject of a Sex Offender's Prevention Order for the rest of his life and he will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for his lifetime.

Man get 12 years in jail for his depraved abuse of homeless teenager that included dipping her head into cooking oil before raping her  

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