July 2013

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.

March 2013

Plymouth schoolgirl’s tears as she tells court she was raped

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A SCHOOLGIRL sobbed as she told police of her terror at being allegedly raped by a teenager.

The youngster constantly wiped the tears from her eyes during a recording of an interview she gave police, which was shown to a jury at Plymouth Crown Court.

Brenan Grenney, aged 19, of Embankment Road, is on trial accused of raping the girl more than 18 months ago.

He denies rape but has pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said on the recording that she was “constantly screaming no” as Grenney made sexual advances on August 16, 2011.

She said Grenney had locked the door of the city home where they were alone on the night of the annual fireworks championships.

The girl said that Grenney held his arm over her mouth and hit her once during a half-hour ordeal.

She added: “I was absolutely terrified. I did not know what he was going to do next. I just sat on the edge of the bed afterwards crying.”

The girl said: “He told me not to tell anyone. He had this really scary look on his face, like if I told someone he could have hurt me some more.”

Cross-examined by Grenney’s barrister Jo Martin over a live videolink, she insisted that she had nothing to drink that evening.

Asked why she did not unlock the door and leave while Grenney briefly left the room, the girl said: “I was scared, I froze on the spot.”

Miss Martin asked: “Did you consent to sex?”

The girl replied: “No.”

Llewellyn Sellick, opening the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, said earlier that Grenney had told police in interview that he could not remember anything for three to four hours.

He said he remembered drinking and smoking cannabis in a park with some friends and the next thing he recalled was waking up in the home where the attack was alleged to have happened.

The trial continues.

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