Wiltshire

Swindon rapist's prison sentence upheld

A convicted rapist who tried to kill his victim and himself by ramming her car into a moving lorry has failed in his bid to overturn his convictions.

Darren Leslie Haakanson, 42, from Penhill Drive in Swindon, was jailed for life in 2007 for attempted murder, rape and false imprisonment.

The trial heard he forced his way into the woman's home, raped her and made her drive towards London.

He grabbed the steering wheel, forcing them to hit a lorry on the M4.

He was convicted following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Haakanson's lawyers argued that there were some witnesses who should have been called to give evidence.

Three judges sitting at the Court of Appeal rejected the argument.

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