June 2020

Teenager raped 15-year-old girl on his birthday after going to McDonald’s and watching a film

A man raped a 15-year-old girl on his birthday after they went to McDonald’s and watched a film, a court heard.

Kyle Edwards, then 19, has been jailed for 20 months.

Manchester Crown Court heard Edwards, from Collyhurst, began dating the girl when she was 14, and that it became sexual after she turned 15.

She had ended their relationship prior to the incident.

Prosecuting, Peter Cadwallader said that she agreed to spend Edwards’ birthday with him, as she ‘felt sorry’ for him ‘because he had few friends’.

They went to McDonald’s and brought their meal back to his house, where they watched a film together in his bedroom.

Edwards twice tried to kiss her, but she rejected his advances, the court was told.

At one point Edwards used ‘force’, pushing her onto the bed and getting on top of her.

She struggled and tried to push him off, repeatedly asking him to stop.

“He took no notice,” Mr Cadwallader said.

Edwards went on to rape her.

She told him to get out. He left the room, and apologised to her.

Her mother attended, and they went to the police station.

Shortly after, Edwards sent a message to a friend, admitting that he had raped the girl and said he had been experiencing ‘stress’ at the time.

Now 21, Edwards, of Regency Close, Collyhurst, has been locked up.

Judge Elizabeth Nicholls told Edwards: “There can be no doubt that this was traumatic for her, and it will have an impact on her for a considerable period of time.

“Your behaviour up to that point was unacceptable, inexcusable and unforgivable, all of those descriptions apply.”

But the judge said Edwards’ behaviour after the incident ‘shows a completely different side’ to his character.

“You immediately recognised that you had done something wrong, and that your conduct was out of order,” the judge continued.

Judge Nicholls said there was an ‘enormous’ amount of mitigation in the case, including Edwards’ previous good character, that he is a ‘vulnerable’ person and that there were delays in the case.

She also reduced his sentence further to recognise the added difficulty of serving a prison sentence during the Covid 19 pandemic.