'Jekyll and Hyde' rapist sentenced to 15 years
A CAR boot sale operator from Penzance has been jailed for 15 years for the rape of two women.
Gary Dawkins, 37, from Heamoor, was described as a Jekyll and Hyde character.
He denied six counts of rape, forcing his victims to relive their terrifying ordeals during a four-day trial.
The jury of nine women and three men at Truro Crown Court were told he had raped his second victim while she was pregnant.
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And while attacking his first victim he referred to her as "daddy's little girl" – knowing she had been abused as a child by her father.
On day three of the trial, while he was being cross-examined by barrister Nigel Wraith, Dawkins fainted, cracking his head on the dock.
Mr Wraith told the jury that Dawkins had attacked his first victim, lashing out in temper, pulling her hair, burning her, and giving her a black eye.
She said the rape made her feel "dirty and disgusting", adding: "I was afraid that he would hurt me again if I pressed charges against him."
He targeted his second victim at a car boot sale at Pool Market.
She told the court the attacks left her "traumatised and afraid".
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, sentenced Dawkins to a total of 15 years in prison for the six counts of rape.
Detective Constable Dave Lee, of Falmouth CID, said Dawkins had ignored every opportunity to plead guilty and spare his victims the painful ordeal of recounting these very distressing events.
Welcoming the sentences, he added: "He subjected his victims to mental and physical abuse.
"They showed tremendous strength to come forward and speak before a jury at crown court.
"The penalty reflects the distress and suffering that he has caused both women."