Violent rapist brought to justice in Cornwall

27/01/2014

Lee Hosking, 28, an RAF engineer from Penzance, was today sentenced at Truro Crown Court to serve nine and a half years imprisonment for three counts of rape.

Hosking had been due to stand trial today before a Judge and jury for three offences of rape against a woman that were committed in May 2008 but he changed his plea to guilty on all three charges.

His Honour Judge Harvey Clark QC said in sentencing Hosking that he had committed a savage, brutal attack on a defenceless woman in a truly terrible crime that was every womans nightmare.

CPS Crown Advocate Julian Herbert said: "The circumstances of these offences against the victim in this case were particularly brutal, and the sentence and the remarks of the Crown Court Judge reflect this. 

"By late 2012, when he was arrested as he returned from Camp Bastion, Lee Hosking must have thought he had evaded justice for his savage late-night attack on the victim in May 2008, but he reckoned without painstaking detective work by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary over the years since that attack.

"The CPS, which has worked closely on this case with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary for the last 15 months, is pleased that the Judge has publicly commended the investigating officers for their cold-case review work on this case, and pleased that  Hoskings guilty plea entered at the start of the trial has saved the need for witnesses to testify in Court.

"Todays sentence reflects the abhorrence with which the Court regards this type of offence but our principal thoughts today must be with the victim.