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Whitehaven man facing “significant” jail term for raping boy

[A] MAN was told he faces a “significant” prison sentence for raping a teenage boy.

Vincent Joseph Hudson, 55, had denied the historic sex attack on a 13-year-old.

But after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court, Hudson was today (FRI) convicted of the crime.

There were gasps from the public gallery as the jury foreman delivered a guilty verdict. This was by an 11-1 majority.

Jurors had earlier heard evidence that the victim was raped by Hudson having been given cannabis and a drugged cup of tea.

After the attack, the boy “forced himself” for years to believe the offence had not occurred before eventually telling his mother.

Hudson, of Loweswater Avenue, Whitehaven, showed little emotion as the guilty verdict was announced.

He was remanded in custody by Recorder Michael Murray, who asked for a background report to be prepared before he passes sentence.

Hudson is due to learn his fate on 20th May. But Recorder Murray said: “Obviously there has to be a significant custodial sentence.”

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