'Dangerous' rapist Nicholas Peppiatt jailed for Newquay attack

Nicholas Peppiatt Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Nicholas Peppiatt, 30, from Newquay, was described as "dangerous man" in court

A man who admitted raping a woman in Cornwall has been given a 20-year sentence.

Nicholas Peppiatt, 30, from Bank Street in Newquay, was described as "a dangerous man, a serious risk to public" by the judge.

Truro Crown Court heard the victim was attacked at about 02:00 BST on 10 June in the Gannel area of the town.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC said it was "one of the worst cases of rape imaginable".

The court heard Peppiatt struck his victim over the head with bottle after telling her: "Don't scream or I will kill you".

Peppiatt later tied her shoelaces around her neck, stole her bank card and forced her to give the pin number before abandoning her.

In a statement read out in court, the victim said: "I thought he was going to kill me. Once the string was put around my neck I thought this is it."

Judge Clark told Peppiatt that "in 45 years experience of the criminal justice system I have very rarely encountered a more appalling example of sexual crime".

"I regard you as a dangerous man, a serious risk to public."

Peppiatt was told he will spend 14 years in jail and remain on licence for a further six years during which he could be returned to serve the full 20-year term.

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