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Manhunt launched for convicted rapist who escaped from court

Convicted rapist Bradley Tout escaped from court. Credit: West Mercia Police

A manhunt has been launched for a convicted rapist who jumped over the dock and escaped from court.

Bradley Tout, aged 20, was convicted of rape alongside co-defendent Kulin Odedra, 28, at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.

But after the jury returned their verdict, he vaulted over the wall of the dock and ran out of the courtroom, past the security staff and onto the street.

Security firm GeoAMEY confirmed to the Worcester News that a custody officer had been injured during the escape.

The rapes took place at County Hall in Worcester and at another location on the outskirts of the city on December 27, 2016.

The 16-year-old victim accused them off "passing me around just like I was this piece of meat", and had taken photographs of bruises she said were inflicted as Odedra slapped her.

Tout, of Durham Road, Worcester, is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall with short mousey brown hair.

Kulin Odedra was also convicted of rape. Credit: West Mercia Police

He was wearing a white top and dark trousers at the time of his escape.

Supt Paul Moxley warned that anyone found to have helped Tout evade officers, or harboured him while in hiding, would also face arrest.

We have launched a thorough search for Tout and would urge the public if they see him to contact police immediately.

Anyone who is knowingly assisting Tout or harbouring him should also expect to be arrested.

– Supt Paul Moxley, West Mercia Police

Tout and Odedra, of Canterbury Road, Ronkswood, Worcester, were due to be sentenced on Thursday.

The judge in the case sentenced both men in Tout's absence.

He was given seven and a half years in a Young Offenders Institution, while Odedra was sentenced to 11 and a half years.

Odedra had been found guilty of two counts of rape, one of attempted rape and one of assault by penetration.

Anyone who sees Tout or knows of his whereabouts is asked to immediately call 999 quoting incident 474s of 3 October 2018, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.