Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rapist escapes court after leaping from dock

A man leapt from the dock of a court and escaped custody just minutes after being convicted of rape, police said today.
Byron Toner, 26, had been found guilty of repeatedly assaulting a 19-year-old woman during a five-hour attack.

His two-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court was told he left his victim with 58 injuries, including a broken jaw.

Toner, of Culme Road, West Derby, Liverpool, was remanded in custody by Judge Adrian Lyon following the guilty verdict yesterday afternoon.

But as a security guard stood to escort him to the cells, Toner jumped out of the dock and ran out of the third-floor courtroom.

He then fled the building through a fire escape.

Merseyside Police said he took a taxi to the Walton area of the city.

A spokesman said: "Toner has been convicted of rape and a violent assault and police are urging anybody who does see him not to approach him."

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