A girlfriend turned her boyfriend into the police when she realised he was the brutal rapist described in a Facebook appeal.
Rachel Hobson came to the chilling conclusion, after realising that police were describing her boyfriend Mark Wilkinson, who had assaulted her the same night he raped his victim.
The shocked woman rang her sister-in-law Kirsty Barraclough, who had also seen the appeal on Facebook, before calling West Yorkshire Police who arrested the thug later that night.
Wilkinson was jailed for 14 years after a court heard about his brutal and horrifying sexual assaults which were described as ‘every woman’s nightmare’.
In June, the brute asked a woman in her fifties if he could walk her home which she declined. Wilkinson then cycled ahead and hid before grabbing her hair from behind and dragging her to a disused railway where he raped her twice.
Wilkinson’s terrified victim feared for her life as he cruelly taunted her throughout the attack.
The cruel monster, admitted two charges of rape and has 26 previous convictions for 43 offences including burglary, theft, handling stolen good and possessing drugs.
He was jailed for three years in July 2013 and was out on license at the time when he carried out the rapes.
Prosecutor Andrew Halsam read the victim’s personal statement during sentencing.
Your actions on that night have impacted my whole life. I thought I was going to be killed. The fear I felt was indescribable.
I no longer recognise myself. You have taken my identity. I feel as though I have stopped living my life and I just exist.
Every male I see I think could be a rapist. I feel like I’m grieving. I have lost myself and the person I used to be.Advertisement
I have been in a very dark place. It doesn’t matter what I do, say or where I go, you are always there. You have me in a headlock like you did that night.