Nicolaos Stavrakis 15 Jan 1982 Court of Appeal (Church)

The several appeals today are all relevant to the Christian Church. See a list of all of them here at the end of the day. Index of Court Appeals on this blog [2]

This person was a Clerk in Holy Orders, no more detail given.


Some court reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance –  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” to protect victims details, there may also be “assault redaction” across most of the spectrum of abuse. The assaults are left in the charges, but mainly redacted when repeated with reference to the individual. I have also redacted unnecessary detail of assaults.

Redaction may obscure sometimes the legal reason for the appeal, but should make no large difference to the vital information for researchers that these documents contain. That vital information is mainly names of the perpetrators, past addresses, institutions where assaults occurred, the actual charges the perpetrators faced, and dates – on which newspapers are pathetically inaccurate and this information enables the links between people and places and abuse at various times to be ascertained.

Some transcripts may have been subject to automatic reading software and whilst effort has been made to correct these, the text should not be regarded as definitive.  Common mistakes in reprinting here are that quotation marks are sometimes not correct, replaced by odd symbols.

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[1982] EWCA Crim J0115-16

No. 1086/A/81


Friday, 15th January 1982

The Lord Chief Justice of England (Lord Lane)



Nicolaos Stavrakis

(Transcript of the Shorthand Notes of Walsh, Cherer & Co. Ltd., 36/38, Whitefriars Street, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8BH. Telephone Number: 01-583 7635. Shorthand Writers to the Court).

THE APPLICANT was not present and was not represented.


(As approved by Judge)

THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE: On 20th February of last year, in the Crown Court at Cardiff before Pain J., this applicant (Stavrakis) pleaded guilty to a series of offences and was sentenced as follows count 1, rape, 12 years’ imprisonment; count 2, attempted rape, 7 years’ imprisonment; count 3, rape, 12 years’ imprisonment; count 5, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, 5 years’ imprisonment; count 6, rape, 12 years’ imprisonment and count 7, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, 2 years’ imprisonment. All those sentences were ordered to run concurrently, making a total of 12 years’ imprisonment. Count 4, which was another charge of rape, was ordered to lie on the file, not to be proceeded with without leave of the court.

He now renews his application for leave to appeal against sentence after refusal by the single judge.

This man Stavrakis was a Clerk in Holy Orders. It transpired that for a period of something like two years he had been carrying out attacks at night on women and girls, whom he had picked up in his motor car and driven to lonely spots in order to carry out the offence of rape.

The offences all took place in the Cardiff and Caerphilly areas. The applicant was 30 years of age at the time. He was a married man and a father. Each of the cases involved, as indicated, a sexual attack in his car on a woman late at night. In each case the woman concerned (sometimes there were two of them) was found on the highway, usually walking home without an escort at night.

During those two years in which he was carrying out these offences, he changed his motor car no less than three times. It so happened that the police were able to inspect the last of the four cars involved, and in each case it was noted that the rear window winding handles had been removed. The effect of that was, if the child lock on the back doors was engaged, a woman in the back of the car would be unable to get out. It seems that the applicant’s habit was on any night of the week – and some of the nights involved were Sundays –he would cruise round in his car looking for a suitable victim. He would then, on the pretext sometimes that he was a taxi and sometimes that he was a benevolent motorist, pretend to take the woman home; instead of which he would take her to a deserted spot and there rape her.

On a number of occasions he threatened his victim. A pipe wrench was found in his motor car at his home, which at night could easily be mistaken for a gun. There is no doubt that on a number of occasions he did threaten the victim, pretending he had a gun. On one occasion he actually brandished a knife at the victim in order to overcome her resistance.

It is perhaps necessary to describe the incidents in a little more detail to indicate the matters which the learned judge had to take into account when sentencing the man. Counts 1 and 2 involved an incident in June of 1978, when he gave a lift to two girls aged 14 and 15. They had absconded from an approved school, or some such institution. He picked them up, turned down into a dark lane, turned off the lights, pretended that he had a gun, forced them to take off all their clothes, fondled the girls and eventually had sexual intercourse with the 15 year old. He tried to have sexual intercourse with the 14 year old, but was unable to maintain an erection. He then allowed them to dress. He dressed himself, he having taken off his trousers, and drove them to Cardiff, where he left them. He told them that if they turned round to look at the car and take its number, he would shoot them.

Count 3 involved again two women, this time in their twenties. He took them to a lonely spot, threatened to shoot one because she cried. The other one submitted in fear to sexual intercourse, but had the presence of mind to say that she was pregnant, whereupon he desisted.

Count 5 was a 17 year old girl. This was an assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She realised what was happening, jumped out of the car and injured herself. That was the basis of that charge.

Count 6 was a 16 year old, who was a virgin. She was threatened with a knife. The applicant said that he would slit her throat if she cried. He on this occasion put his penis into her mouth before raping her.

Count 7 was a threat to shoot. It was only the presence of mind of the final victim, who laid a trap for him, which led to this man being traced by the police.

He made a number of statements. It was a long time before he would admit to count 6, which involved putting his penis in the girl’s mouth, but he did eventually. He also admitted a number of offences, which had never been reported to the police.

He was not without previous convictions. His last conviction was in January 1975 for two offences of indecent assault and one offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, when he was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years.

There were before the learned judge, and there are before this court, a number of letters and testimonials from people who know him and people who have been helped by him. There is no doubt that in many ways, other than these terrible crimes, he has exhibited himself to be helpful to other human beings and to the souls which he had in his care. There is a letter from an archbishop also speaking highly of him.

There is a medical report which in effect says that there is no disorder which can be diagnosed. This is what the doctor (Alan Capstick) says in his Opinion: “I can make no diagnosis of any disorder which could account (at least in my own experience) for the matters with which the court is now concerned. The case is a very puzzling one and one might reasonably think that there must surely be ‘something wrong with’ a man who repeatedly during several months committed the acts which Mr. Stavrakis admits, especially when that man is a clergyman.” So there is no medical name that can be given to this. No treatment which is available.

It will have been observed that of the features which in the last case this court described as possibly aggravating the offence of rape, this case contains almost all of them. It would not have surprised this court if the learned judge had decided to pass an indeterminate sentence upon this man. Quite plainly this is a man who must be kept out of circulation for a very long time. There is nothing, except the plea of guilty, which this court can find to say in his favour. The sentence of 12 years was wholly appropriate to the circumstances of this case. It might well have been longer. This application for leave to appeal against sentence is accordingly refused.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]


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