Rapist Sentenced to 15 Years for Brutal Attack on Homeless Woman in Cardiff

Liam Stimpson, 24, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the brutal rape and assault of a homeless woman in Cardiff city centre. The horrific attack, which took place after Stimpson's birthday celebration, left the victim with severe physical and emotional trauma.

Details of the Attack

The court heard that Stimpson encountered his victim after a night of drinking vodka. CCTV footage showed the pair walking together before parting ways on St Mary's Street. However, Stimpson continued to follow the woman and attacked her when she entered an underpass.

Stimpson beat the woman, ordered her to strip naked, and filmed himself raping her. He subjected her to further violence, tripping her, punching her, and kicking her in the head. The victim suffered significant injuries, including a swollen-shut eye, a broken nose, and head and wrist injuries.

Court Proceedings

During the sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Jenkins condemned Stimpson's actions. "You recorded this incident for your own sexual gratification, as some kind of trophy to view at your leisure or to show to others," the judge said. He described Stimpson's behavior as "callous" and "sadistic."

Despite the victim’s pleas for mercy, Stimpson continued his attack, forcing her to perform a sex act and asserting dominance by telling her she would do whatever he demanded. After the initial assault, the victim managed to escape but was caught by Stimpson, who further assaulted her before she found refuge in a nearby pub.

Victim's Impact Statement

In a powerful victim impact statement read by prosecutor Nicola Powell, the woman detailed the lasting effects of the attack. "I would like to say this has destroyed my life. I cannot sleep at night, I can picture everything and I keep seeing his face. This has changed my whole opinion towards men. I want this male to end up in prison for what he has done to me," she stated. She expressed fear of Stimpson's potential release and the impact on her ability to socialize.

Defendant's Background and Mitigation

Stimpson, of Uphill Road, Llanrumney, was found guilty of two counts of rape, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis. The court heard about his previous convictions, including theft, attempted theft, attempted robbery, and possession of a controlled drug.

In mitigation, defense barrister Ruth Smith mentioned Stimpson's neurodiverse disabilities, including ADHD and autism, and his use of cannabis for self-medication. She also highlighted his concern about being absent for the birth of his child.


Judge Jenkins emphasized the gravity of Stimpson's actions, noting his lack of remorse. "This was not consent. This was domination by you to her... You have not shown one scintilla of remorse or sympathy for your victim. You degraded and humiliated her...and forced her to crawl like a dog while you filmed it. You completely humiliated her and took away the last ounce of dignity from her."

Stimpson was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with two-thirds to be served in custody. He was also made subject to sex offender notification requirements and an indefinite restraining order.

This sentence aims to provide justice for the victim and protect the community from further harm. Anyone with information about similar incidents is encouraged to contact the authorities.

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