Police escapee Craig Goldstone jailed for Plymouth rape

Craig Goldstone
Image caption An investigation was held into how Craig Goldstone escaped, police said

A man who escaped from police custody while being questioned about a serious sexual assault has been jailed after he was found guilty of rape.

Craig Goldstone, 29, escaped from Charles Cross police station in Plymouth on 7 July 2012.

He was rearrested that evening. He was sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court to seven years and one month in prison.

Devon and Cornwall Police said measures have been taken to ensure it would not happen again.

Goldstone, who has learning difficulties, dragged his teenage victim into bushes in Devonport Park and attacked her.

The court heard the victim had been drunk at the time of the attack and Goldstone had claimed they had consensual sex.

But the jury rejected his claims and returned a majority guilty verdict after more than five hours of deliberations.

'Officer disciplined'

Goldstone, of no fixed address, had admitted escaping police custody at an earlier hearing.

He managed to flee an office in Charles Cross police station.

Goldstone was sentenced to seven years for rape and one month for escaping from lawful custody. The sentences are to run concurrently.

He was also disqualified from working with children for life and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it had conducted an investigation into how Goldstone escaped.

A spokeswoman added: "The Independent Police Complaints Commission was informed and the matter was referred back to Devon and Cornwall Police for local investigation.

"A police officer has been disciplined in relation to the matter.

"Measures have been taken to ensure that any such incidents are not repeated."

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