Leeds rapist preyed on drunk woman in street

Aidan Hobson.

Aidan Hobson.

A RAPIST who preyed on a vulnerable woman after he spotted her drunk and helpless in the street has been locked up for six years.

Aidan Hobson targeted the victim as she was almost unconscious and carried her back to his own home before having sex with her.

A jury heard the victim has been left “emotionally scarred” as a result of her ordeal and has had to move away from the city through fear of ever seeing Hobson again.

Hobson sparked a missing persons enquiry when police were alerted by the victim’s relatives after she did not return home from a night out.

Hobson, 25, who had also been out drinking, failed to help the woman after seeing her in distress and instead took her to his own home. The woman awoke at the property the next day and raised the alarm.

Hobson, of Osmondthorpe Lane, Leeds, denied rape. He claimed he had little recollection of the incident, which took place on April 25 last year.

He was found guilty after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Heather Gilmore, prosecuting, read a victim statement to the court on behalf of the woman in which she stated: “He had a choice to help me or harm me. He chose to harm me. He has changed my view of the world.”

“He has ruined my life and turned my world upside down.”

“I just lie there overthinking, trying to piece things together.

“The thing that eats away at you is the guilt. You blame yourself - why did I go our that night? Why did I drink so much? Why did I dress that way?”

Jailing Hobson, judge Robin Mairs said: “It matters not whether the woman was drunk or sober.

“Nothing gives you the right to use her for your sexual pleasure, which is what you did.

“It would have been readily apparent the state she was in.”

“She has been scarred by it - not just physically but mentally. It has utterly devastated her life.”

Hobson was also told her must go on the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Inspector Charlotte Hails, of Leeds District CID, said: “Hobson’s treatment of the victim was utterly depraved. When most people’s instinct would have been to help someone in a vulnerable state, he saw the opportunity to exploit her.

“His actions have had a hugely traumatic impact on the victim and we hope it will provide some degree of reassurance to her to know he has now been convicted and sent to prison.

“Serious sexual offences of this nature are understandably incredibly difficult for victims but we want them to have the confidence to come forward knowing that we have specialist officers who will investigate thoroughly and ensure victims are fully supported throughout the process.”