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Knife attack rapist found guilty

A rapist who cut a woman's throat after she helped him with directions has been found guilty of wounding with intent.

The victim, then 21, had been out with friends in Aldershot, Hampshire, in December 2008 when she saw Paul Brown looking lost.

But after helping him she was "frog-marched" into a park and attacked.

Brown, 22, from Victoria Street, Kirriemuir in Angus, Scotland, was warned at Winchester Crown Court he could expect a lengthy jail term.

The jury of six men and six women took nearly six hours to convict Brown, who was acquitted of attempted murder.

The care home worker had admitted rape, attempted rape and assault by penetration earlier but denied the two further charges.

'Family dispute'

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, told the court Brown ran after the woman after she gave him directions, held the knife to her throat and "frog-marched" her into a children's play park.

He then raped her before her throat was cut, leaving a wound 8cm long and another about 2cm across.

Brown, who was arrested on the same day, told police the two wounds were an accident as he had slipped twice on the wet grass.

He had been staying with his mother trying to find work over Christmas when the attack took place, but had become angry over a family dispute and went out into Aldershot to meet friends, the court heard.

Judge Keith Cutler adjourned the case until 2 October for a sentencing hearing but warned Brown he was facing a lengthy prison sentence.



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