Twisted teen locked up for savage attack; Mum of two suffered brain damage.
THIS is the twisted teenage timebomb whose rage almost cost a mum her life.
Crazed Pierce Gray was today behind bars for the frenzied sex assault which exploded without warning.
Gray was just 15 when he launched the ferocious and sustained attack on a 30-year-old woman on her way home from a night out.
He tried to rape her then sat on top of her and rained heavy punches to her face before kicking her head like a football 15 times before repeatedly stamping on her and lashing her with a belt.
The woman, a school worker, suffered 26 separate injuries and was left fighting for life after her head swelled up to twice its normal size.
She suffered permanent brain damage and continues to endure a host of problems as a result of the brutal and unprovoked attack.
Gray, now 16, of Coverdale, Leam Lane, Gateshead, has been detained for public protection after being branded a risk to the public and has been told he will not be released for a minimum of seven-and-a-half years.
Judge Esmond Faulks told him: "You tried to rape her then you tried to kill her. This was a prolonged and vicious attack that lasted 15 minutes.
"Your victim suffered appalling injuries to the head, including multiple bone fractures and significant damage to her brain."
The woman had been out in Gateshead in March and was making her way home around 2am when she came across Gray.
He had fallen out with a friend, which was the only explanation given for the sickening attack, which was witnessed by a family in a nearby house. David Robson QC, prosecuting at Newcastle Crown Court, said: "He was straddling her and was punching her in the face with both fists as if he was hitting a punch ball. He then stood up leaving her lifeless and started kicking her in the head about 15 times with such power that her whole body was moving.
"He then started to stamp his right foot on her head before going back to kicking her. He never once looked round to see if anyone was watching, he just kept kicking and stamping."
With his victim unconscious Gray began to walk away but then returned and started trying to drag her away.
But when her top snapped as he yanked at it he put her back down and again started punching, kicking and stamping on her.
Mr Robson said: "She had severe swelling, her head was twice the normal size. Her jaw was clenched shut and access could not be gained to her airways and a protective collar could not be fitted because of the swelling."
The woman, who has two young children, to the intensive care unit at the RVI in Newcastle. She spent five days in the high dependency unit. She continues to be on medication and will be for the foreseeable future, continues to see a specialist about the injury to her brain, suffers from tremors and has been left a shadow of her former self.
Mr Robson said: "She has become closed and guarded and she suffered a significant brain injury and will never fully recover. Both of her children are protective of their mother and sadly no longer view the world around them as safe."
When arrested Gray even tried to portray himself as a hero who had stopped the attack on the woman. But a man he named as the real attacker turned out to be a serving prisoner who was in jail at the time.
Gray pleaded guilty to attempted murder and attempted rape and his custodial sentence was greeted with a cheer from the victim's friends and family in the public gallery.
He must aslo sign the sex offender register for life.
HORROR ATTACK: Pierce Gray, right, tried to rape a woman then tried to kill her in Gateshead
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Sep 29, 2009|
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