Chilling CCTV shows teenage rapist carrying concrete slab he battered woman with in park before hiding from cops after attack

This is the moment a teenage rapist was captured carrying a concrete slab he used to smash his victim’s head in a horrifying attack.

CCTV footage captured Charlie Pearce running through the park with the slab under his arm moments before he raped and bludgeoned a woman.

Later footage shows Pearce hiding from police behind a parked car following his despicable assault near Leicester’s Victoria Park.

Pearce was recorded walking along a row of houses before stopping as he appears to notice a police car being driven towards him.

The rapist, who had been out celebrating his 17th birthday on the night of the attack, is seen hiding behind a car as the police car passes seconds later.

Cowardly Pearce then comes out of hiding to check if his coast is clear but returns to his hiding place as more cars pass by before leaving the scene.

Charlie Pearce is spotted carrying a paving slab used in the attack on his victim
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Pearce hid himself behind a car as police passed by
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Charlie Pearce was found guilty of rape and attempted murder
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Today, a judge lifted an order allowing media organisations to name Pearce, the youth convicted of attempted murder and rape.

The teenager had formerly been living at his mother’s house in Leicester, but was staying at his father’s home close to Victoria Park, at the time of the attack.

Pearce, wearing a suit, shirt and tie, showed no reaction as the guilty verdict was announced today, the Leicester Mercury reports.

Pearce hid to avoid being spotted by passing cars
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He checks to see if his coast is clear before leaving the scene
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The jury had taken just three hours to find him guilty of attempted murder and rape.

The victim – who Pearce had left for dead in undergrowth and was only found when a passing cyclist spotted a pool of blood – attended the trial, looking tearful as she was comforted by a rape support worker who was beside her throughout.

Charlie Pearce had searched online for videos depicting the rape of “helpless” women
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High Court Judge Mr Justice Haddon Cave told the defendant: “I am going to adjourned sentencing on you in order to obtain reports.”

Pearce, from Clarendon Park, had admitted deliberately and seriously injuring the lone pedestrian and twice raping her as she walked home at night, but had denied attempted murder.

Jurors took just over three hours to convict the youth after hearing how he had searched for internet videos depicting the rape of “helpless” women in the weeks leading up to the attack.

His victim attended the trial at Leicester Crown Court
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A three-day trial at Leicester Crown Court was told the victim was left for dead in undergrowth in the park, and was only found when a passing cyclist spotted a pool of blood and went to investigate.

The media applied to have the order lifted – and the judge approved the order.

During the trial, the jury was told the youth was “fixated” on violent and controlling sex attacks – which he researched on the internet in the days and weeks before carrying out the “unspeakable” attack.

The woman, in her 20s, was in a medically-induced coma for two weeks, having suffered life-threatening skull fractures and bleeding on the brain.

Prosecutor Gordon Aspden said in his closing speech yesterday that the teenager intended to kill the woman.

He said: “He was there loitering, he was looking for someone to attack. He has a fixation with violent rape.

“You’ve seen the internet searches; it’s a disturbing fixation manifested in his interest to look at warped pornography and violent assault of helpless young women.

“An attack of this type had been festering in the back of his mind.

“He was seen running into the park carrying something heavy under his arm. He went to attack that woman armed with that weapon.”

Screengrab of CCTV footage of Charlie Pearce running through Victoria Park
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He denied being the attacker following his arrest – and did not give evidence in court.

Mr Aspden said: “He was ruthless.

“This dangerous young man, for his own selfish reasons, carried out an attack of desolating wickedness.”

“Had he wanted to merely incapacitate and subdue her for sexual purposes, he could have done that.

“She came within a hair’s breadth of dying at his hands.

“He showed her no mercy.”

Defence barrister Phillip Bradley QC said the case was “the stuff of nightmares”, but argued there had been no intent to kill.

However, the jury rejected that claim.

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