June 2016

Eight years jail for man who drugged and raped boy, 13

Eight years jail for man who drugged and raped boy, 13

A pervert who raped a 13-year-old boy has been sent to prison for eight years.

Vincent Joseph Hudson, 55, had denied the sex attack on the schoolboy

But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court in April he was convicted of the crime on the majority verdict of a jury.

Hudson was 40-years-old when he drugged his young victim, who woke in darkness to find he had been raped.

The boy was said to have been “absolutely tormented” later in his life by the attack. He forced himself to believe it had not even happened before eventually telling his mother what had occurred.

In his evidence, the boy – now an adult – recalled how after the attack he had forced himself to believe it had not happened.

“He told himself to make a box in his head, and put the memories in there, and that was something he had seen on TV and so that’s what he decided to do with this memory and he then did his best to get on with his life,” said prosecutor Robert Wyn Jones.

But the boy’s mother noticed a change in her son, who became secretive.

Increasingly over the years he found it difficult to cope with what had happened until finally, unable to suppress the memory any longer, he told his mother.

Mr Wyn Jones said the boy’s victim statement powerfully described the impact this had on his life.

In the years after it, Hudson was also convicted of four indecent assaults on two teenage males, said the barrister.

One victim was aged 17 or 18, and the other 15.

Hudson, of Loweswater Avenue, Whitehaven, was sentenced at the crown court by Recorder Michael Murray.

The judge told him: “This is clearly serious offending and only immediate custody is appropriate.”

It was confirmed during the sentencing hearing that Hudson’s name will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.