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Penzance rapist's past made him what he is, judge is told

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 26, 2013

DETAILS of a Penzance rapist's past might help explain why he raped one woman twice and sexually assaulted two others, a court has heard.

On Monday, 30-year-old Craig Caddy was due to stand trial at Truro Crown Court accused of seven sex offences.

At the last minute, he changed his plea to guilty on four of the charges, including two of rape, which the prosecution accepted.

Caddy was living on Alexandra Terrace in Penzance when the attacks took place in 2010 and 2011 but has since moved to the Meneghy Hostel in Camborne.

Jason Beal, for the prosecution, said that in October last year Caddy had been convicted of two offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and imprisoned for nine months.

Prior to this conviction, however, he had been on bail for those two offences when on September 7, 2011, he assaulted his final victim after a night out in Sound nightclub.

At around 3.30am Caddy left the club with two friends and a woman, then 19, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The group sat on a bench on Wharf Road but Caddy ended up on his own with the woman.

Mr Beal said: "He was stroking her legs and her neck. She told him to stop and pushed his hand off. He pulled down her leggings and exposed his penis."

Luckily the woman was able to escape and ran away screaming. The police were called and Caddy was arrested and interviewed. He denied any sexual contact.

The report caused police to reinvestigate other complaints made against Caddy.

The two rape charges involved a woman who was in her late twenties when Caddy forced himself on her in 2010.

The other sexual assault charge related to a third woman who was aged 20 when, in January 2011, she woke up to find Caddy had pulled her trousers and underwear down and was trying to push his penis into her anus.

Caddy was also charged with another count of rape, one of attempted anal rape and another of anal rape.

His pleas of not guilty to these counts were accepted by the prosecution.

For the defence, Barrie Van den Berg appealed to the judge to order a report looking into the details of Caddy's past before he passed sentence, saying: "The [police] officer in the case has been exemplary in indicating there is a lot on Craig Caddy's background that made him what he is and Your Honour would be very much helped by finding out about that."

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, agreed with Mr Van Den Berg and adjourned the case for sentencing next month, remanding Caddy in custody until that hearing.

The judge told Caddy: "As you understand, you will be receiving a significant sentence of imprisonment; the only issue is how long it should be."

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