Showed no guilt for sex attacks
A NORTH CORNWALL farm worker who showed "no remorse whatsoever" after raping two women and sexually assaulting two others has been jailed for 17 years.
Jeremy Hawke, 48, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court yesterday.
Judge Peter Johnson paid tribute to the four victims, one of whom sat in the public gallery with friends.
"Your courage has brought you justice. You were determined that what happened to you would not happen to anyone else," he said.
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Turning to Hawke, the judge said that from 1981 to 2011, with a gap of 16 years in-between, he regarded any female coming into his sphere as fair game for his sexual advances.
"Time and time again you abused women within your sphere of influence.
"You told them they would be disbelieved.
"You did as you wished and you have shown no remorse whatsoever.
"You will now realise there are more people in your world than Jeremy Hawke."
Ordering Hawke to be taken down to the cells, Judge Johnson addressed the women again, saying: "I respect the courage you have shown in coming to court and reliving painful old memories."
Hawke, of Hersham, Bude, was sentenced to 17 years each for the rapes, eight years for attempted rapes and two years for the sexual assaults, to run concurrently.
Hawke denied the accusations which came to light in 2011 after three women made complaints to the police.
He had threatened at least two of his victims with violence.
He said he would hurt the victims' children if they told anyone about what was happening.
Rupert Taylor, for the defence, said Hawke could not read or write and a pre-sentence report said he was at a low risk of reoffending. "He steadfastly maintains his innocence. This matter is now the talk of the area where he lives and has had a profound effect on all involved.
"He is lucky that his family stands by him, including his wife and other family and friends.
"While in custody he has been a model prisoner, started education as he has suffered illiteracy, and been a help to other people.
"The first complaints about him were a long time ago. He is going to be a much older, sadder and perhaps wiser man when he is released."