Rapist jailed for life after York attack

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of raping a woman in York on New Year's Day.

Billy Joe Craven, 19, admitted to the attack on a 26-year-old woman at Del Pyke, in the Groves area. She was taken to York District Hospital for emergency treatment after the incident.

Craven pleaded guilty to rape, sexual assault and grievous bodily harm and was sentenced at York Crown Court last Friday.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, of North Yorkshire Police said:

"This was a truly vicious attack and, in my 22 years' police service, I have never seen anything more harrowing than the CCTV footage that captured the entire offence.

"The level of injuries sustained by the victim made her unrecognisable.

"I hope the life sentence helps her to put this horrendous ordeal behind her."

– Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, North Yorkshire Police

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