A vicious rapist that attacked a woman in Penzance in 2008 has had his sentence increased.

The Court of Appeal has today increased the sentence given to Lee David Hosking from nine and a half years’ imprisonment to 13 years for a "brutal and sustained rape attack on a Penzance woman in 2008".

Hosking was caught thanks to diligent police work and DNA analysis after the case went cold.

The victim was left traumatised and had multiple cuts, bruises, swellings and abrasions all over her body, she still bears scars today.  

Speaking after the case today, the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP, who asked the court to reconsider the sentence said: “This was an appalling incident in which the victim was repeatedly raped in a seemingly random act of extreme violence. She was in fear of her life and lived for years without seeing her attacker brought to justice.

“I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence, because Hosking committed a merciless crime which I felt merited a higher sentence. I hope this increased sentence offers some measure of reassurance to the public and a degree of comfort to the victim.”