STREET RAPIST SENTENCED TO LIFE
32-year-old man found guilty at the Old Bailey of violent rape and
indecent assault of two women has been sentenced to life imprisonment
for rape and four years for each of the following: two counts of
robbery one count of indecent assault and two counts of possession
of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence, all to
run concurrently. The
offences relate to the violent rape and indecent assault of two
women in church yards, one at Chiswick Parish Church, on 5th September
In sentencing the judge said said the case was a "classic example"
of the consequences of taking crack cocaine and described Hodge
as being a high risk to the public.
judge also commended arresting officer DS Jim Kehoe. DCI Allan Aubellack,
added: "I would echo the judges comments about the defendant
and the good work of DS Kehoe who arrested the suspect from a description.
sentence reflect the serious of the the crimes committed by hodge
and illustrates the severity with which police treat such investigations.
Hodge subjected his two victims to what must have been a terrifying
ordeal not just threatening them with what they thought was a firearm
but also violently raping and indecently assaulting them in locations
sacred to many people."
Douglas Hodge (right), unemployed, of 160 Welbeck Road, Harrow,
committed the first offence on 5th September last year in the church
yard at All Saint's Church, Broad Walk in Heston at 03:00 when he
robbed a 21 yr old woman and indecently assaulted her after threatening
her with a silver handgun.
08.55 that day a 22-year-old woman was raped in the churchyard at
St Nicholas Parish Church, Church Street, Chiswick.
of the man believed to be the rapist was circulated to officers
on the same morning and as a result a sergeant from Hounslow spotted
him and called for back up. Uniformed officers attended and arrested
him for possession of cannabis even though they believed he was
armed at the time. He was then taken into custody.
days later police charged him with robbery,
indecent assault, possession of cannabis, and
16a, possession of a firearm or imitation with
intent to cause fear. He was found guilty of
two counts of robbery, one count of indecent
assault, two counts of possession of an imitation
firearm with intent to commit an offence.
of twelve jurors found him guilty after five hours' deliberation
at the Old Bailey. Judge Henry Blacksell reportedly said: "Rarely
has a court heard such evidence as this. I consider him an extremely
dangerous man and he must be under no illusions at all that I am
not considering a life sentence."
Allan Aubeelack, the officer in charge of the investigation, said
at the time: "This was an awful attack leaving the victims
traumatised. I would also like to thank the victims for their courage
in coming forward, and helping to prosecute this man. I am pleased
with the verdict today and would like to thank the officers in the
case for their swift action in arresting this man"
added that the Met takes sexual offences very seriously and that
anyone who believes that they have been a victim of indecent assault
or rape in the Hounslow area should contact the police on 020 8247
in Chiswick - ward by ward
notified of local crime through Ringmaster
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