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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 08:40 GMT 09:40 UK
Rapist released to strike again
Leicester Crown Court
Rourke admitted rape
A convicted rapist released from prison to rape again should not have been freed, a judge has said.

Malcolm Rourke, 37, raped and robbed a 51-year-old woman in a street attack in central Leicester on 4 July.

He had been released 20 days earlier having served six years of a 10-year sentence for a similar rape of a 24-year-old mother in 1996.

Judge Michael Stokes sentenced Rourke to life imprisonment on Tuesday at Leicester Crown Court.


This poor woman got raped and robbed in the street by a man who should have been back in prison

Judge Michael Stokes
The court had heard that Rourke, who had a long history of sex offending, warned staff at his bail hostel that he wasn't "safe".

He had become so fixated with one female hostel worker she had to be moved elsewhere.

Judge Michael Stokes, QC, demanded to know why Rourke had not been sent back to prison to complete the 10-year term.

"His behaviour in the hostel demonstrated that he was in breach of his licence - why was it not revoked?

"This poor woman got raped and robbed in the street by a man who should have been back in prison."

History of attacks

Judge Stokes recommended Rourke serve a minimum nine years - but said he hoped he would be kept behind bars for far longer.

The court heard how Rourke attacked the second victim in Great Central Way as she walked home from work.

Rourke, who admitted rape and robbery, was later picked out of an identity parade by his victim.

Previous convictions include assaults, indecent assaults, unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl of 13.

Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Service later backed its handling of Rourke's case.

Chief Officer Linda Jones said she did not believe under current rules there was anything her staff could have done "to avert this tragic event".


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