Baby-faced rapist, 19, cries in court after being convicted of attacking schoolgirls

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Michael Laverick, 19, was convicted by a jury on Tuesday (Picture: MEN Media)
Michael Laverick, 19, was convicted by a jury on Tuesday (Picture: MEN Media)

A baby-faced sex attacker sobbed in court after being told he faced a lengthy prison sentence for raping a schoolgirl and trying to rape another.

Michael Laverick, now 19, attacked both girls after approaching them from behind while they were walking alone in secluded areas near his home.

He was only prevented from raping his second victim because a member of the public intervened and grabbed hold of him, telling the girl to ‘run’, Hull Crown Court heard.

Laverick later threatened to ‘kill that girl’, having already told his rape victim at the scene: ‘A d*** will only go where it wants to go’.

He also told her that ‘If you tell anyone, they’ll blame you for being too weak to fight me off.’

Laverick, of Denison Road, Pocklington, denied the charges but was convicted by a jury on Tuesday of rape, attempted rape, three sexual assaults, making a threat to kill, and common assault.

He looked at the public gallery in shock when the verdicts were delivered, then held his head in his hands and began to sob.

A general view of Hull Crown Court.
A judge at Hull Crown Court told Laverick he faced a lengthy court sentence (Picture: PA)

Judge David Tremberg remanded Laverick in custody and adjourned sentencing for the preparation of reports, including an assessment of whether he should be treated as dangerous.

The judge told Laverick: ‘You have been convicted on clear evidence of these matters.

‘I’m sure that I don’t need me to tell you how serious they are.

‘They are likely to result in a substantial custodial sentence, possibly within the framework of a sentence under the dangerous offender provisions, but that’s a matter for the future.’

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Prosecutor Julian Jones told the jury Laverick had punched his first victim in the face in an unprovoked attack months before he raped her.

His sex attack on her took place while she was walking in Lovers Lane in Pocklington.

After hearing her name shouted, she heard running footsteps behind her and Laverick appeared.

He grabbed her wrist and asked: ‘Do you want to come back to mine?’

After telling him ‘No’, Laverick asked if she wanted to have sex with him, which was met with the same response and she pushed him away.

Laverick then pushed the girl up against a wall, pulled her trousers down and raped her.

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Just months later, Laverick attempted to carry out another attack, approaching a girl while she was walking along Chapel Hill, and grabbed her left arm from behind.

She told him to get off and leave her alone, but Laverick began sexually assaulting her
before the passer-by intervened.

Laverick was 16 when he raped the first girl and 17 when he sexually assaulted and tried to rape the other.

His barrister, Dale Brook, said he had an emotionally unstable personality disorder.

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In a statement after the hearing, Detective Constable Sarah Gladstone, who conducted the investigation, said: ‘The offences that Michael Laverick has been convicted of are very serious sexual offences.

‘The victims have been exceedingly brave in coming forward, telling us about their ordeals and standing up to such a dangerous man.

‘They remained brave and resolute throughout the investigation and attended court to give evidence last week.

‘We want to thank the victims for coming forward and placing their trust in the Humberside Police Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Team to seek justice for the dreadful offences they endured.’

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