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Teenager jailed for rape and attempted murder of schoolgirl in Hampstead Cemetery

Victim escaped with her life 'more by luck than judgement,' court told

24 February, 2017 — By William McLennan

Hughes stabbed the girl in the neck in a quiet corner of the graveyard

A TEENAGER who raped a school girl in Hampstead Cemetery before trying to kill her so she could not report him to police has been jailed for 13 years today (Friday).

Miles Hughes, 18, who lived in West Hampstead, forced himself on the 15-year-old girl before stabbing her repeatedly in the neck with a Stanley knife on July 9 last year.

Hughes, who was 17 at the time, denied charges of rape and attempted murder, but told the Old Bailey that he stabbed the girl in a row after they had consensual sex in a quiet corner of the graveyard.

A jury dismissed his claim and returned a verdict of guilty on both counts.

The court heard his victim had agreed to meet at the cemetery in Fortune Green Road in July last year, where, after first listening to music and talking, the pair both began to self-harm.

Prosecutor Jane Osborne told the court: “They each began to cut their own arms, fairly shallowly and superficially. The defendant then moved to [her] left arm and started to carve the letters of his name into her left bicep.”

Ms Osborne said that Mr Hughes then demanded the girl have sex with him, adding: “When [she] resisted the defendant’s advances towards her, he forced himself on her, raping her. After this, the prosecution say most likely because he thought she might go to the police, he stabbed her multiple times in the neck and chest. It was more by luck than any kind of judgement that Miles Hughes didn’t kill [her].”

The girl, who was cross examined in court, said: “He said ‘you are going to call the police. I can’t let you go.’ He said ‘there are voices in my head telling me to kill you’. Then he stabbed me in the neck.”

He fled the scene when a neighbour heard the girl’s screams and yelled for him to “get off her”.
The jury heard that Hughes fled towards Hampstead tube station, where he bumped into a friend and admitted that he had “done something really bad.”

Ms Osborne said he told the friend “that he was scared that he would do it again, but he was happy that he had done it and that he enjoyed the sight of [the girl] begging on her knees”.

DC Gary Fernon of the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation & Child Abuse Command said:“Today a dangerous young man has been sentenced to a justifiably lengthy term in prison for what can only be described as a harrowing crime

“This has had an undoubtedly lasting impact on the victim as she continues to come to terms with what happened.

“This was a truly horrific attack and I must express my admiration for the victim to give evidence that has seen her attacker brought to justice.

“I can only hope that this sentence can assist in some way in helping her to move forward with her life.”

Hughes was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment with an additional four years on licence.

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