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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Bus stop rapist given 20 year extended sentence at Leeds Crown Court


Zdenko Turtak, who raped and viciously assaulted an 18 year old woman at a Leeds bus stop in March 2015, before fleeing to Slovakia, has been given an extended sentence of 20 years, with a custodial element of 14 years for rape, and a concurrent sentence of eight years for grievous bodily harm with intent at Leeds Crown Court today.

Peter Mann, Head of the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "Zdenko Turtak is responsible for a vicious and terrifying rape. 'Stranger rape' such as this is rare and the devastating trauma which the teenage victim experienced will live with her for the rest of her life.

"Turtak sought to evade justice by fleeing to Slovakia but the CPS obtained a European Arrest Warrant and he was extradited back to face justice in the UK. In contrast, the victim has shown real bravery and fortitude throughout the investigation and prosecution. This helped us to build a very strong case, working closely with West Yorkshire Police, against the defendant, who, as a result, pleaded guilty to offences of grievous bodily harm with intent and rape.

"Zdenko Turtak is a violent rapist and clearly poses a very clear and grave risk. The victim's courage has ensured that he is now facing 14 years in prison, where he will no longer be a threat to the public."


The victim was in the Beeston area of Leeds waiting for a bus home when she was viciously raped and attacked on 5 March 2015.

Zdenko Turtak grabbed the victim, covering her nose and mouth so she was unable to scream or breathe. The defendant carried her to a nearby garden and using a stone he had in his jacket pocket hit her 18 times. Once the victim was unresponsive, Turtak raped her.

Before the rape and attack on the victim took place, CCTV evidence suggests he stalked three other women in Leeds.

Zdenko Turtak left the UK on 27 March 2015.


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