Riverdale rapist found guilty

Douglas Hockley has been convicted of raping a woman along a trail in Riverdale two years ago. Hockley's testimony was inconsistent and replete with contradictions, said Justice Ron Veale in his Wednesday decision.

Douglas Hockley has been convicted of raping a woman along a trail in Riverdale two years ago.

Hockley’s testimony was inconsistent and replete with contradictions, said Justice Ron Veale in his Wednesday decision.

Hockley lied when it suited his purpose and he even claimed that he didn’t know Riverdale was called Riverdale, but Vanier, wrote Veale.

He testified in a “calm and confident manner” and is “undoubtedly a very intelligent young man,” wrote Veale, but ultimately Hockley’s testimony was too incredible to believe.

The victim, who cannot be identified, also contradicted herself during the trial, which wrapped up September 25.

But her testimony was corroborated by a person who helped the victim after the rape. Other evidence allowed Veale to conclude she was telling the truth.

On September 30, 2007, Hockley approached the victim on a trail near Alsek Road. The victim had been drinking with friends and was on her way to an off-sales for more beer, she testified.

Hockley offered the victim crack cocaine, but she refused because she had a good “beer buzz,” according to court documents.

As she turned around to continue on her way, Hockley pushed her onto the ground, spreading her legs.

She screamed as Hockley had anal intercourse with her, she told the court.

Hockley ran off and the victim approached several nearby homes before finally receiving help.

The victim’s recollection of the time of the incident wasn’t credible, wrote Veale, but the rest of her testimony was solid.

She correctly described Hockley and DNA found in her anus matched Hockley’s.

Hockley testified that the sex was consensual and that it was done in exchange for an eight ball of crack cocaine.

But her injuries didn’t match with that defence, wrote Veale.

Hockley, who has lived in Ottawa since finishing high school, has a significant criminal record, he wrote.

“His five theft offences and one offence for possession of stolen property indicate a lack of honesty,” wrote Veale.

Hockley either has a bad memory or was lying to police when he initially told them he didn’t remember what happened on September 30.

“Again, this suggests a lack of credibility,” wrote Veale.

Hockley pleaded guilty in the rape of another woman in the Ibex Valley three weeks after the Riverdale rape.

The DNA sample from Ibex Valley incident connected Hockley to the Riverdale case.

No date for sentencing in either case has been determined.

Contact James Munson at

jamesm@yukon-news.com

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