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Top judges to decide if violent rapist's sentence was 'unduly lenient'

By tobymeyjes  |  Posted: March 13, 2014


Lee Hosking's sentence will be reviewed at the Court of Appeal tomorrow

A violent rapist from Cornwall who was sentenced to nine-and-half years in prison for a brutal attack will have his sentenced reviewed to see whether it was unduly lenient.

Lee Hosking was sentenced in January after new evidence came to light connecting him to the attack in Penzance in 2008

But his case will be reviewed under the unduly lenient sentence scheme tomorrow morning after it was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General.

Although the attack occurred in 2008, the former RAF engineer, who was based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, but originally from Penzance, was arrested in December 2012 as he returned from a tour of Afghanistan.

He was only caught after officers reviewed the case and found his description was similar to that of a man who smashed a shop window, again in Penzance, in 2003.

Hospital checks showed Hosking had been treated for a gashed hand after the incident and his details, and DNA, had been kept on file

Police officers said at the time of his sentencing that Hosking had committed an “exceptionally violent rape”, which had a ‘devastating’ impact on his victim.

Following the attack his victim was said to have been left traumatised with multiple cuts, bruises, swellings and abrasions all over her body, meaning she still bears scars today.

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