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Rape term too short says victim's mum
Aug 31 2005

The mum of a teenager who was drugged and raped at a Coventry house has criticised the sentence handed to her daughter's attacker.

Mark Anthony Shrives, of The Old Yard, Walsgrave, Coventry, was jailed for 4 and a half years at Coventry Crown Court after pleading guilty.

Shrives, a warehouse manager who was in the Territorial Army, admitted slipping a drug into the teenager's drink.

She became ill and fell asleep and awoke to find him raping her.

Now her mother, who is unnamed in order to protect the victim's identity, has spoken about the attack.

She said she believed the man who destroyed her daughter's innocence should spend longer behind bars. The 38 year old said: "I don't want him let out. I don't think it's long enough."

She said the level of 44-year-old Shrives's premeditation was chilling as he had been out to buy the drug he used to make her daughter drowsy.

Coventry Crown Court was told that Shrives admitted slipping half an unidentified pill, which he says he had been given to help him sleep, into a Bacardi Breezer he gave his victim to drink.

The mum said: "It just makes me feel sick."

The victim, who is from Derby, was staying in Coventry when she was attacked.

Her mum said she phoned her parents when Shrives left the room after he raped her. They called police from Derby.

The teenager was so devastated by the attack she missed sitting her end-of-school exams.

She has had to go through the ordeal of having an HIV test, which fortunately was negative.

After the attack she slept in her parents' bedroom and has only just started sleeping in her own room.

But her mother said she was gradually recovering.

She said: "She's all right now, she's going to college hopefully. As soon as it gets dark, that's when she gets scared. The main thing is she's still here ans she's still alive."

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