Rapist with sex attacker father is jailed for crimes

JAILED James Hunt

JAILED James Hunt

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AN 18-year-old rapist who attacked two girls confessed to his crimes and told officials – like father, like son.

James Hunt, whose dad Neil was jailed for the violent rape of a woman in 2007, raped one of his victims three times on separate occasions. He also raped a second girl.

The teenager, who has no previous convictions, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of rape at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The crimes took place between 2010 and 2012.

Nicholas Cotter prosecuting, said James Hunt pinned his victims down during the attacks.

He said: ‘That’s the level of violence. In short, he restrains them.’

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Hunt confessed his crimes to social workers at roughly the same time that one of the victims told police about what had happened to her.

Mr Cotter added: ‘The phrase “like father, like son” was used.

‘His father committed the same offence.’

The second victim was then identified and Hunt was arrested.

Roderick James, defending, said: ‘Hunt’s father was convicted of a violent stranger rape and sentenced to a substantial term of imprisonment when he (James) was 12 years old.

‘As a result of it he must have suffered from considerable anger towards his father.

‘His father wasn’t there to express any anger to because his father was locked up for a long time.’

Mr James added: ‘Obviously any rape is a grave offence.

‘Nothing I say is going to detract from that in any way, and furthermore a number of rapes involving two girls makes it even more grave.’

There is no suggestion that either of the victims was aged under 16 at the time of the offences.

Judge Susan Evans QC, sentencing, said Hunt’s actions have had a ‘tremendous effect’ on one of the victim’s lives and said he had caused ‘significant trauma’ for his other victim.

Judge Evans added: ‘I have no doubt that your father’s background has had an effect on you.’

Hunt, of Greetham Street, Southsea, was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

He must pay £120 to a fund for victims of crime and was informed he will be banned from working with children.

DAD LOCKED UP FOR RAPING WOMAN 17 YEARS AFTER CRIME

JAMES Hunt’s father was jailed for rape when James was 12 years old.

Dad Neil raped a woman on the B3084 between Over Wallop and Grateley in Hampshire in 1990.

Then aged 26, he grabbed the woman, who was aged in her 40s, from behind, put his arm around her throat, choking her and pulled her to the ground, where he raped her.

But Hunt was not caught at the time and remained at large for another 17 years after the crime took place.

However Neil Hunt was finally brought to justice after he was later arrested on suspicion of committing a crime unconnected to the rape.

Hunt gave a DNA swab to police.

The swab matched samples that had been taken from the rape victim 17 years previously, leading to him being charged.

He was initially sentenced to 12 years in prison at Winchester Crown Court in 2007 after pleading guilty to the rape.

But Hunt’s sentence was later slashed by five years after he was given leave to challenge the length of his sentence at the Court of Appeal in London.

Police have said Neil Hunt does not live in Hampshire.

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