Teen who brutally knifed two schoolgirls and carried out a string of sex assaults including rape, has been jailed
A Tilehurst teenager who brutally knifed two schoolgirls and carried out a string of sex assaults including rape, has been jailed for 17 years.
Callum Stroomer, who was 17 at the time of the attack, treated women so badly because he had not come to terms with being gay, a court heard.
The now 18-year-old, of Dee Road, said he wanted to know what it was like to kill someone and attacked two 15-year-old girls with a kitchen knife, leaving one of them blind in one eye.
A judge jailed him for 17 years for two counts of attempted murder and assaulting and raping two other schoolgirls when he appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday, October 23.
Stroomer claimed he was acting in self-defence when he lashed out with the knife at a home in Bracknell after being the target of gay taunts from the girls.
However jurors disbelieved his version of events – and were shocked to hear after delivering their verdict that Stroomer had also admitted six sex offences against two different girls aged 13 to 15 years, including two counts of rape.
Stroomer was jailed for 13 and-a-half years for each of the two counts of attempted murder, to run concurrently.
Two counts of attempted murder
Two counts each of assault by penetration
One count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity