Man sentenced for sexual offences against two women

03/12/2012

On Friday 30 November at Truro Crown Court, Richard Mason was handed an indeterminate custodial sentence, to serve a minimum of three years imprisonment, for the violent sexual assault of two women in West Cornwall.

CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Anita Kennett said: "We worked closely with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, and particularly with Detective Constable Louise Osborne, to bring this case to court. Thanks to the hard work of the entire prosecution team, Mason was faced with little choice but to plead guilty to the charges he faced. Today's sentence reflects the abhorrence with which the Court regarded these offences."

"We had applied to the court for special measures to allow the women to give evidence remotely via video link so they would not have to face their attacker. Mason ultimately pleaded guilty to three charges of unlawful wounding, two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and four charges of sexually assaulting the women (of which three were by penetration) before the trial. Consequently, they were not called upon to give evidence."

In sentencing Mason, His Honour Judge Cottle said it was clear he was a dangerous man who obtained sexual arousal from gratuitous and nauseating sexual violence and had taken delight in causing pain and suffering to his victims.

Mason's 186 days spent on remand will be deducted from his total custodial sentence.