Rapist jailed for 20 years after reign of terror at Cornwall holiday resort

A rapist who launched a reign of terror in a popular resort and carried out a series of sexual assaults on women has been imprisoned for 20 years.

Clinton Ferreira, 38, assaulted a teenager celebrating her exam results, a tourist, and then raped a woman.

He strangled two of his victims until they were unconscious, then filmed the attacks on his cell phone – so he could ‘relive the experience’ – and stole underwear.

Truro Crown Court heard that the attacks were carried out over a three-month period in St Ives, Cornwall from August last year.

South African-born Ferreira waited for his first victim to be alone and sexually assaulted her on a deserted beach.

Three weeks later, he tried to rape a lonely tourist in a tent and the following month, claiming to be helping a drunk woman, led her to his flat where he raped her.

Ferreira, of Tregenna Place, St Ives, had denied the charges but was convicted after a trial.

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He was found guilty of false incarceration, assault through penetration, two charges of attempting to suffocate / suffocate a victim with the intent to commit rape, attempted rape, taking indecent photographs of a child, assault with actual bodily harm and rape.

One of Ferreira’s victims described in a court statement her fear of being strangled and how this had ruined her life.

“I felt paralyzed and I kept asking myself, How long does it take him to kill me? This question terrorizes me every day,” she said.

“I’ve had some counseling, but I’m still psychologically damaged by the whole incident.”

The first victim told the court: “I don’t just walk in the dark and don’t want to go out during the day, but alone at night.

“During the attack, I feared for my life and was genuinely afraid that I would be raped and killed.”

Another victim said she had nightmares afterwards and had difficulty sleeping, barricading furniture against her bedroom door.

“I used to enjoy going for a walk and sitting on the beach at night, and I can’t handle this anymore because I feel unsafe,” she added.

Ramsay Quaife, defensively, said Ferreira now admitted attacking the women.

“He knows he has hurt people and now he will have to pay for it,” he added.

Judge Simon Carr said Ferreira posed “a very grave danger” to women and that he was imposing extended sentences to protect the public.

“In August 2019, you attacked a young girl who was out to celebrate her exam results.

“That attack was particularly brutal,” he said.

“One of your characteristics of your attacks on two of the women was that you strangled them.

“I’m satisfied that you strangled them to the point of unconsciousness.

“That was very conscious.

“You took video footage on your phone of what you were doing.

“You did that so that you can relive the experience on future occasions.”

The judge said police found more than 200 hours of violent adult pornography on a computer at Ferreira’s home, as well as recordings of encounters with other women.

“All of this, of course, produces a very disturbing picture,” he said.

Referring to psychiatric reports, Judge Carr said, “They both conclude with which I agree that you pose a very significant danger to women and are likely to last for the rest of your life.”

The judge told Ferreira that he would serve two-thirds of his sentence before he could apply for parole.

“At that point, you will only be released if the Parole Board concludes that you are no longer a threat to women,” he said.

As far as I’m concerned, I can easily imagine a situation where you will serve for the full 20 years.

“If you are released, you will be released under the strictest licensing conditions and that license period will be extended by five years.”

Ferreira was placed on the sex offender registry for life.