Woodley man sentenced to five years in prison for rape

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A MAN from Woodley has been sent to prison after being found guilty of three counts of rape.

Joshua Cooke, 26, of Drovers Way, was found guilty of the charges following a three-day trial at Reading Crown Court, which ended yesterday (Thursday).

He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years, five years and five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment, to be served concurrently.

On July 18 last year, at approximately 7am, Cooke went to a house in Reading and raped a woman aged in her twenties, three times.

Cooke was arrested on August 19, 2015 and charged on March 10 this year.

Investigating officer, Det Con Philip Wilson from Force CID in Reading said: “The emotional and psychological impact of this offence on the victim has been substantial. However I commend her bravery in reporting this to the police and then telling the court what happened. I hope this conviction and sentence enables her to move on with her life.”

 

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