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Inmate convicted of HMP Pentonville rape

|News, Sexual offences

A prisoner who raped a fellow inmate has been convicted of the crime. 

Joshua Coke, 23, attacked his victim while on remand awaiting trial for a robbery charge at HMP Pentonville. 

The attack inside the Islington Category B prison took place in October 2019. 

Coke told his victim who was in his 20s and had never been in prison before, that the rapes were designed to “prove that you won’t be a snitch.”

Today (Friday, 10 December 2021) Coke was convicted of one count of rape by a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court. 

Melissa Garner, from the CPS, said: “Sexual offences are some of the most traumatic and complex cases, and victims may come from any walk of life.

“Joshua Coke used his sexual attack as a way to intimidate, bully and control his victim.

“The defence claimed that the victim had injured himself as a result of smuggling drugs into prison, but the jury saw through this lie. The prosecution case included medical evidence and strong witness testimony from prison staff and the brave victim.

“I hope this prosecution goes some way to show that the CPS will prosecute offenders of this abhorrent crime, regardless of the circumstances, where there is the evidence to do so.”

Coke will be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court at a later date. 

Notes to editors

  • Joshua Coke (DOB: 4/6/1998) is from Forest Gate in the London borough of Newham. 
  • The victim had been remanded into custody at his own request while awaiting sentencing for driving offences, for which he had pleaded guilty. Having been of previous good character he was sentenced to a suspended sentence in November 2019. 
  • Melissa Garner is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London North. 

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