November 2011

‘Danger to young men’ caged indefinitely

A SEX beast who twice raped a drunken young man in a Rotherham street is a very real danger to young men, a court heard.

Joseph Ripley (22) was locked up indefinitely at Sheffield Crown Court for the attack in which he victim was treated “like a rag doll.”

Judge Roger Keen QC told him: “This is a case where there was the grossest sexual attack in a public place that resulted in not only physical harm but dire psychological damage.“It was a sustained and at times brutal sexual assault.

“You physically manipulated him, at times like a rag doll.

“You raped him twice, on occasions he was unconscious, unaware of his situation, unable to balance himself.

“This was predatory sexual behaviour in the town centre and you were totally unrestrained.

“Let it be known that this young man neither asked, consented nor took part or enjoyed any of this. He was simply abused by you to the fullest extent.”

Ripley, of Royds Close Crescent in Thrybergh, initially denied the April 18 rape. He only altered his plea at the September trial, minutes before his victim had been due to take the stand.

The judge said: “This was committed by the defendant, in my judgement, in full knowledge of the fact that the victim was incapable of giving consent or knowing what was happening.

“In my judgement he still doesn’t take  responsibility for that which he did. He represents a real danger to young men.”

Ripley, dressed smartly in a suit in court, was given an indeterminate prison sentence for public protection.

He cannot be considered for parole for at least four years and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.