York & North Yorkshire

Scarborough man jailed for raping woman four times

Thomas Holmes Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption Thomas Holmes was jailed for 13 years and six months

A man has been jailed for more than 13 years for repeatedly raping a woman in the town.

Thomas Holmes, 43, of Scarborough, had previously pleaded guilty at York Crown Court to four counts of rape and one of attempted rape.

Police said the "horrific" sexual abuse took place at a property in Scarborough over the course of three days between 16 and 18 January 2015.

Holmes was also issued with a restraining order for life.

Det Con Vicky Millington, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "This is one of the most horrific cases I have dealt with in my career as a detective.

"The length of the sentence handed out to Holmes reflects the gravity of his sickening crimes.

"He subjected his victim to a degrading, humiliating and frightening attack over a protracted period of time."

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