Violent rapist sentenced to 22 years in prison


Leo Del Pellegrino, who was obsessed with rape and subjected a woman he met via a dating app to multiple sexual offences has been sentenced to an extended sentence of 22 years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Claire MacDonald, from the CPS said: "The terror and suffering Del Pellegrino  inflicted on his victim is unimaginable.  He subjected his victim to a violent, prolonged and degrading series of sexual acts, including multiple rapes during which he daubed her with obscene graffiti using a marker pen and sharp implement. 

"This man is, without doubt, a very serious danger to women. Today he has been found guilty of multiple offences and his dangerousness is reflected in the extended sentence of 22 years in prison. Our thoughts remain with his victim as they have been throughout."


Claire MacDonald is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside's Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit.

Del Pellegrino was found guilty of eight charges of rape, one charge of attempted rape, one charge of assault by penetration, possession of indecent images of children, distribution of indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography.