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A woman who saw her rapist eventually convicted said she ‘did not leave my apartment. I didn’t have a life, I had to quit my job. I was the one under house arrest, because while he was out, I had to be in.’.

By Jason Farrell, Home editor @JasonFarrellSky


Juliana Terlizzi lived in fear for months. The man who raped her, had drugged her and videoed it.

Then while she was still drugged, he woke her up and made her watch the film of him raping her and recorded her watching it.

Juliana later found the video on her laptop. “In the video he says I am raping you,” she told me.

Despite the evidence of this video confession her attacker, Hubert Greliak, was initially given bail – and two years passed between Juliana reporting him to the police and his eventual conviction.

Juliana has waived her legal right to anonymity to talk about how this affected her.

“Given how manipulative and dangerous he was I was afraid he would come after me,” she said.

“I was afraid for my life. For at least eight months, I did not leave my apartment. I didn’t have a life, I had to quit my job. I was the one under house arrest, because while he was out, I had to be in.”

Last week it was suggested judges would have to delay sentencing of criminals, including convicted rapists, because of a lack of prison spaces.

Juliana said: “How bad is it going to be for victims if even after trial even after conviction they are still out?”



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Juliana speaking to Sky’s Jason Farrell

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But in the Commons, the justice secretary looked to reassure the public. Alex Chalk said he was toughening up the length of time sex offenders spend in prison.

He said: “Rapists, as well as those convicted of equivalent sexual offences will serve the entirety of their custodial term handed down to them by the courts. A fifteen-year custodial term will mean fifteen years behind bars.”

Sex offenders currently serve two-thirds of their term, after the government in 2020 ended automatic halfway release.

Mr Chalk added: “There have been inaccurate reports in the media claiming that judges are being told not to send rapists to prison. Let me be categorical – this is untrue.”

He said judges are independent, and serious and dangerous offenders are being locked away for longer under this government.

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But responding, Labour’s shadow justice secretary, Shabana Mahmood, said, “While the secretary of state has said sentencing delays will only apply to those deemed low risk, he knows in 2021, over 20,000 offences were committed by those on bail, including over 200 sexual offences.”

“So, the public need to know what steps he will be taking to mitigate the risk of increased offending that will arise as a result of the delayed sentencing.”

She later added: “The public need to know that today an offender, including potentially a sex offender can go to court and be found guilty by a jury but instead of being locked up behind bars where they belong, the inaction of this chaotic conservative government means that they can walk free.”

Then she asked of the Justice Secretary: “Can he tell the house today that not one individual convicted of a serious sexual offence is out on the streets as a result of a lack of prison places?”

Mr Chalk didn’t directly answer the question but instead told his opposite number: “This is the government that is prosecuting more alleged rapists than Labour.

“This is the government that is convicting a higher proportion than Labour. This is the government imposing longer sentences than Labour and is ensuring that a higher proportion of those sentences are spent behind bars.”

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So, it remains unclear whether some convicted rapists may remain on bail awaiting sentencing longer than they might have done, due to overcrowding in prisons.

Both parties want to be seen as tough on crime and while the Justice Secretary had to announce measures to alleviate pressures on the prison population – some of his policies – such as making sex offenders serve their full terms – will in the long run increase numbers clogging up the system.

The pay-off from the reforms announced on Monday is that people who commit lesser crimes may get out early or avoid jail and face community service instead.

For Juliana, the longer her rapist spends behind bars the better. She says for a crime where there are such low conviction rates there need to be greater deterrents.





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