Violent rapist gets 12 years

Douglas Hockley has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for two violent rapes he committed. The 25-year-old Whitehorse man was arrested in October 2007 after he broke into a home in the Ibex Valley and raped the lone female resident while wearing a mask.

Douglas Hockley has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for two violent rapes he committed.

The 25-year-old Whitehorse man was arrested in October 2007 after he broke into a home in the Ibex Valley and raped the lone female resident while wearing a mask.

He threatened to kill the woman, whom he raped several times in her home. He was arrested after police dogs led RCMP to his parents’ nearby home.

Later, he was charged for raping a woman along a Riverdale trail a month earlier. In that incident, the victim testified Hockley offered her crack while walking down a trail in the early evening. After she declined, Hockley attacked her from behind and beat her during the sexual assault.

Hockley pleaded guilty to the break-in sexual assault during his trial last fall. But he said the second incident was consensual. He was ultimately found guilty of that incident due to contradictions in his testimony.

On Friday, Justice Ron Veale heard arguments for sentencing in relation to both crimes.

Hockley has spent nearly three years in prison while awaiting sentencing.

He was sentenced to eight years for the break-in rape and four for the Riverdale incident.

Veale gave Hockley a 1.5 credit for his time already spent in prison, resulting in a sentence of nearly seven and a half years. (James Munson)