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Sick rapist blames child victim as he rages ‘she has taken everything from me’

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A rapist who blamed his child victim for "taking everything" from him said in a police interview that said "she'll get what she deserves" and "what goes around comes around".

Peter Edwards, 40, was jailed for 18 years and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life after being convicted of 12 counts of rape.

He was also ordered to adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order after being found guilty by a jury on July 12 this year.

Edwards, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, was called out by the judge after he raised his eyebrows and shook his head when appearing in court via video link, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Judge David Swinnerton, sentencing, said: "I can see you over the video link when you raise your eyebrows and shake your head.

"That doesn't surprise me because there's not a shred of remorse for what you have done."

Citing a pre-sentence report the judge said Edwards had "no victim empathy" and "when asked how the victim would feel said 'I don't care'".

The author of the report said: "I was taken aback by his comments."

Edwards told the probation officer "I hate her" in relation to his victim and said "she has taken everything from me".

The judge said: "You took, in effect, her childhood by sexually abusing her."

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Judge Swinnerton noted Edwards said in the report "She'll get what she deserves" and "What goes around comes around".

The judge said the comments were "deeply troubling".

Charlotte Kenny, prosecuting, reading from a victim personal statement, said the girl had suffered with depression and anxiety to such an extent that she had to be taken to A&E with severe anxiety attacks.

Ms Kenny said the girl had an "overall loss of confidence" and feelings of "embarrassment" and "shame".

Richard Conley, defending, said it was a "difficult and sad case" and asked the judge to consider totality.

Cheshire Police has refused to release Edwards' mugshot, despite official guidelines stating that it should be provided to the media.

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