A teenager is accused of attempting to murder a woman in a park in Leicester in July this year. The woman was left for dead after the boy raped her and then beat her with a paving slab. She spent 3 weeks in a medically induced coma after suffering a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

CCTV evidence showed the boy walking through the park carrying the paving slab. He then snuck up on the victim and violently attacked her before leaving her in undergrowth with these life-threatening head injuries.

Gordon Aspden told the court that “had it not been for the outstanding medical treatment that she received, she would now be dead”.

The attacker was linked to the case through DNA evidence after his parents contacted the police following a media appeal. He has admitted causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of rape but denies the charge of attempted murder. It is the prosecution’s case that “he raped her and attempted to kill her in order to prevent her from telling anyone”.

The trial continues.

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