Man jailed for 30 years for attempted murder and rape of teenager

15/09/2016

A 43-year-old man has today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to 30 years’ imprisonment after he was convicted of the attempted murder and rape of a vulnerable teenager.

On 29 September 2015, police were called to a property in Kitts Green where they found the 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lying on the road with multiple stab wounds.

The victim was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was treated for her injuries. She then disclosed to a family member that she got into an argument with Tony Comerford who had then stabbed her.

Later, the victim revealed that the defendant had also been sexually abusing her since she was seven-years-old.

The next day, Comerford was arrested and he pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and later to some sexual assaults, supply of a controlled drug class B and producing a controlled drug of class B.

He would not admit the rape allegations. Comerford faced an eight day trial and was found guilty of rape and sexual assault allegations spanning over a number of years.

During the trial one of the jurors was released as she was emotionally overwhelmed by the nature of the case and could not continue. The case continued with a jury of 11.

Philip Bird, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: "Tony Comerford abused the victim for his sexual gratification from a very young age and as she was on the edge of adulthood, he tried to kill her by stabbing her with a knife repeatedly.

"As the victim grew older, she began to refuse his advances, which resulted in the two of them having an argument. This culminated in the defendant stabbing the victim a number of times with three different knives. The victim survived this horrific attack and later informed the police of what Comerford had done to her.

"I am grateful for the bravery of the young victim in helping us to bring this defendant to justice and hope that she can make a recovery after such terrible experiences in her formative years."