The Lincolnite
23 days ago
Over two decades in jail for Skegness rapist
David Cockerill was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
West Midlands Police/Lincolnshire Police

A Skegness man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after being found guilty of a series of historical rapes against young girls in Coventry.

In May 2020, a complaint of historical sexual abuse was made against David Cockerill which then prompted others to bravely come forward.

The details they provided were crucial in securing a conviction, West Midlands Police said.

Police arrested and charged the 37-year-old and, after a trial, he was found guilty.

Cockerill appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on January 22, 2024, charged with a total of 14 sexual offences against five women.

They were young girls at the time of the offences as the sexual abuse occurred over a number of years from 1998 until 2005.

DI Rachel Gregory, from Coventry Public Protection Unit, said: “This was a truly appalling case and Cockerill showed no remorse or emotion when in court.

“Cockerill denied the charges in their entirety, forcing the women to have the traumatic experience of giving evidence in court.

“I cannot praise their bravery and courage enough and without them coming forward Cockerill would not have been brought to justice.

“We hope the woman’s bravery encourages others subjected to abuse and sexual assault to come forward; we are here to help and listen.”