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A TAXI driver found guilty of raping a dog walker, despite pleading his innocence, has written a letter to say sorry.

Stephen Ord, 37, was due to be sentenced for the rape of a 58-year-old women in Calderstones Park and the assault of a 77-year-old woman as she walked to a Northway Park.

But yesterday Judge David Harris QC adjourned the sentencing at Liverpool crown court to allow for physiological tests on Ord.

Judge Harris read out a letter written by Ord, in which he apologised for "not being enough of a man to plead guilty."

Ord, of Acuba Road, Wavertree, wrote: "It was cowardly and despicable and they now have to live with the horror of what I did for the rest of their lives."

He said cocaine and alcohol had put him in a downward spiral and changed his personality.

He also apologised for letting his family down with his "despicable crime."

Judge Harris said he would weight up a pre-sentence report suggesting Ord is still a dangerous offender with his "acceptance of the gravity of his action and his potential to engage in prison programmes."

Judge Harris said: "It's very unusual for somebody who fights a case so firmly as Mr Ord to acknowledge he was effectively telling a pack of lies and set out to deceive the jury."

He said he'd access the sincerity of the letter and told the victims they were brave for re-living their experience in court and bringing Ord to justice.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2009
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