December 2017

Man pinned teen down so hard during rape she feared her chest bone would break

A man who raped a teenager pinned her down with such force she thought her ribs would break, a court has heard.

Ryan Luke Hancock’s victim felt so “embarrassed and ashamed” at what has happened she didn’t tell anyone about the assault for five days.

Twenty-one-year-old Hancock has a previous caution for sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl.

He has been jailed for four years.

Swansea Crown Court heard that Hancock raped the teenager in February this year at an address in Carmarthen.

Brian Simpson, prosecuting, said the victim described how Hancock “held her down so hard she thought her chest bone was going to break”.

The teenager burst into tears after the attack, and later took a shower – she didnt tell anyone about what had happened until five days later when she confided in an ex-boyfriend. Her former partner told a family member, and the police were subsequently told.

She later said she hadn’t gone to the police herself because she felt “embarrassed and ashamed”.

Hancock, of Haulfryn, Tregynwr, Carmarthen, had previously pleaded guilty to rape when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

The court heard that in July 2016 the defendant was given a police caution for sexual activity with a child aged under 16 after pictures of him kissing a 13-year-old girl were found on the youngster’s mobile phone.

In a victim impact statement from the female he raped, she said the attack had “changed her personality” and made her more withdrawn and short-tempered, and had left her with trouble sleeping at night.

Jim Davies, for Hancock, said his client was genuinely remorseful for what he had done.

He said Hancock was a “young man with many good qualities”, and a number of personal references characterised him as “polite, respectful, honest, and a hard-working”.

 

Judge Keith Thomas told Hancock he “did not appreciate the boundaries of appropriate sexual behaviour”.

The judge said the starting point for sentencing was six years – giving the defendant a discount for his guilty plea, that was reduced to four years in prison.

He will serve half that period in custody before being released on licence.

Hancock will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life, and was made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order to limit his contact with girls aged under 16.

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