U.K. Man Sentenced For Rape After Girlfriend Turns Him In

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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A U.K. man was sentenced for rape after being turned in -- by his girlfriend.

On June 15, Mark Wilkinson’s girlfriend Rachel Hobson read a description of the rape suspect in a Facebook appeal from police in West Yorkshire, England, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports. She alerted authorities that the description sounded like her boyfriend, leading to his arrest.

Wilkinson, 28, was charged with two counts of rape stemming from a June 13 attack, and during the week of Dec. 14, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to both charges. 

On the night of the attack, Wilkinson intercepted his victim and asked if he could walk her home, the prosecutor said. The woman, who was in her 50s, declined, so he rode his bike ahead of her and hid. He then allegedly grabbed her from behind and raped her twice on an abandoned railroad track.

At the time of the attack, Wilkinson’s arm was bloodied and bandaged because he’d assaulted his girlfriend the night before. He had 26 earlier convictions for crimes such as burglary, theft and drug possession.

Wilkinson, of Leeds, West Yorkshire, will spend at least 10 years behind bars, at which point he will be eligible for parole. 

“The victim telephoned police and they attended," Recorder Tom Little said during sentencing, according to the Post. 

"They found her struggling for breath," he added. "Her upper clothing was bloodstained with your blood from the earlier incident with your partner."

The victim said in a statement that the crime was life-altering.

“It took you, a total stranger to make me feel destroyed mentally, physically and emotionally,” she said. 

“I no longer recognize myself," she added. "You have taken my identity. I feel as though I have stopped living my life and I just exist.”

Sources:, Yorkshire Evening Post / Photo Credit: Police photo via Yorkshire Evening Post, The Sun