Man Googled 'how to rape and get away with it' before violent attack

Brooke Rolfe
News Reporter

A man convicted of rape searched online for a step-by-step guide on how to commit the horrible crime just hours before going out and attacking his victim.

Luke West, 29, looked up “how to rape and get away with it”, “how to rape a woman in daylight”, “how to surprise attack your victim” and “step-by-step guide to rape a woman” on November 13 last year, a court heard, The Sun reported.

A short time later, he attacked a woman in her 40s from behind as she walked to work in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England, at about 5.40am.

Police said he “grabbed her around the neck and proceeded to physically assault her and rape her”.

Luke West was sentenced to 16 years prison after being convicted of rape this week. Source: Facebook/Dorset police

She was found by a passerby about 30 minutes later with significant facial injuries and taken to hospital where she reported that she had been raped by an unknown man.

Dorset Police launched a major investigation and identified the suspect from CCTV - he was seen in the area before the incident and running from the scene shortly afterwards.

The investigation led to the arrest of West the following evening at about 10.10pm, with him initially giving a false name. He was later confirmed to be the suspect through DNA testing.

He was charged with rape on November 16, and this week was convicted of charges of rape and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent after an 11-day trial.

West will spend 16 years in prison.

Police said the victim sustained significant bruising to her face, neck, chest and arms as a result of the attack as well as a fracture to her eye socket.

The attack took place in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens (pictured) on November 13 last year. Source: Google Maps

“This was a despicable offence, which saw Luke West subject his victim not only to a terrifying sexual attack but also a brutal physical assault,” Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team said.

“While it can be of little consolation to the victim in this case, thankfully incidents of this nature are extremely rare in this area and I am grateful to all the officers and police staff who worked tirelessly on this investigation so that we were able to swiftly identify West as the suspect and apprehend him.”

Mr Seymour also commended the woman’s courage in being forthcoming despite the traumatic ordeal.

“Finally, I would like to praise the victim for the incredible bravery she has shown in supporting the investigation,” he said.

“She has been through a truly horrific ordeal and for her to have shown the courage to give evidence at trial and help bring this dangerous offender to justice, I hope will inspire others who have been subjected to such terrible offences and help give them the strength to come forward.”

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