Teen locked up for 5 years for rape of girl
A TEENAGER has been locked up for five years for raping a terrified schoolgirl after an evening of booze and drugs.
A judge reduced his sentence because 19-year-old Brenan Grenney was only 17 at the time of the attack.
But Judge Paul Darlow said he did not accept that he could not remember the rape because of the binge.
He told Grenney: “You chose to contest this matter, which is your perfect right in front of a jury, but you cannot claim any credit which would have come your way at an early stage had you recognised what you did to this young girl.
“That would have protected her from the pain and humiliation of recounting the events of that night.”
Judge Darlow said witnesses who had seen Grenney that night did not think he was particularly intoxicated.
The young victim had faced the trauma of giving evidence at two trials because the first jury failed to agree its verdict in March.
She had told police that she was “constantly screaming no” as Grenney made sexual advances.
She said Grenney had locked the door of the city home where they were alone.
Unusually, Grenney refused to give evidence himself and called no witnesses.
A second jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict at the second hearing weeks later.
The smartly-dressed defendant barely reacted as the judge sent him to Young Offender Institution for five years.
Grenney, previously of Embankment Road, had denied rape but pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 on August 16, 2011.
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