UPDATE: Suspected Beeston rapist appears in court

A Slovakian man appeared in court today to be formally charged with the attempted murder and rape of a woman in Leeds, following his extradition from Slovakia last night.

The 21-year-old Slovakian national, who has been named as Zdenko Turtak, was arrested by local police in the Kosice area of eastern Slovakia last month, after detectives investigating the attack secured a European Arrest Warrant.

Turtak, who is suspected of the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in the Beeston area of Leeds last March, was identified as a suspect as a result of international enquiries by officers from the WYP’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

West Yorkshire Police earlier confirmed that the 21-year-old was flown from the Slovakian capital Bratislava, where he had been held following his arrest on June 4, to Liverpool before being transported to Leeds earlier today where he was detained for court.

Turtak,  flanked by three security officers and wearing a police-issue grey sweater and tracksuit bottoms, spoke only to confirm his name and personal details, telling the court he had no fixed address.

The case has been adjourned until July 24, when Turtak will appear at Leeds Crown Court.


Greg Whitaker


Images courtesy of WYP


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