Man found guilty of rape attack

THE man accused of raping and sexually assaulting a young woman after a night out in Halifax has been found guilty of the sickening attack.

Thursday, 1st December 2011, 10:55 am

Peter Fallows, 34, of Brink Top Farm, Hall Bank Lane, Mytholmroyd, was remanded in custody after the unanimous verdict was announced. He will be sentenced on December 16. Bradford Crown Court heard Fallows attacked the 20-year-old woman in Delph Street, Halifax, early on Saturday November 17, 2007.

He forced her to perform oral sex on him, but she bit him and his blood on her clothes linked him to the crime. Medical evidence also suggested she had been sexually assaulted but she could not remember that part of her ordeal.

She had been drinking in Halifax town centre all night and was nearly four times the drink-drive limit when she reported the rape.

The victim had a vague recollection of her attacker offering to walk with her when she left Barbarella’s, Silver Street, to go to her boyfriend’s flat.

The court heard she recognised him as a customer from the Halifax pub she used to work at and knew his first name.

CCTV footage showed the pair walking through Bull Green together before arriving at the flat at around 6.30am. When nobody answered, they left – then Fallows attacked her in a nearby car park.

A taxi driver from A1 Ziggy, who took her home to her parents at around 8am, described her as “distressed and shaking, wearing filthy clothes and with clotted bloodstains on her knees and ankles with some grazing marks to both those areas.”