April 2012

Child rapist has attempted to take his own life

A sexual predator who was jailed for raping a 14-year-old boy and sexually abusing three other young boys in the Bodmin area has since attempted suicide.

Keith Anthony Stocker, 48, was due to appear again at Truro Crown Court on Monday for the court to consider a prosecution application for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

However, Judge Christopher Harvey QC revealed Stocker attempted to take his own life following sentencing on Friday, and would not be in court.

Judge Christopher Harvey QC described him as a “dangerous and predatory man”.

Stocker committed the offences against victims aged from 10 to 16 over a 15-year period and was given an indeterminate sentence, the judge describing him as dangerous and predatory.

The minimum sentence was set at six years.

“In my judgment, and in particular because of the conviction for rape, there is a significant risk of harm to others from your future activities,” the judge told him.

Stocker, who more recently lived in Bridgewater, Somerset, had previous convictions including a three-year prison sentence in 2003 for sexual offences.