Rapist, 38, who targeted lone women at holiday hotspot in terrifying string of sex attacks caged for 20 years

A RAPIST who targeted lone women at a popular seaside resort in a string of violent sex attacks has been caged for 20 years.

Clinton Ferreira choked his victims and filmed the horrifying attacks so he could "relive the experience".

The 38-year-old monster also stole underwear as he targeted a teen celebrating her exam results, as well as a tourist in St Ives in Cornwall and a drunk local.

Ferreira has now been jailed for 20 years with five years on licence for the three month reign of terror last year.

He was previously found guilty of false imprisonment, assault by penetration, two charges of attempting to choke/suffocate a victim with intent to commit rape, attempted rape, taking indecent photographs of a child, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and rape.

His first victim branded South African-born Ferreira a "coward" as she bravely faced her attacker in court.

Clinton Ferreira is nothing but a pathetic coward unable to hold down relationships with women.

The girl, who was attacked while out celebrating her exam results, said: "It had been a night of celebrations but now I don't walk alone after dark. I am fearful all the time and constantly on edge and am anxious.

"During the attack I genuinely feared I was going to be raped or murdered. My life changed and I don't like the person I have become.

"I am emotional all the time and burst into tears for no reason. I accept what happened is part of my life forever and has changed me.

"Clinton Ferreira is nothing but a pathetic coward unable to hold down relationships with women. He'll soon be going away for a long time and will be forgotten about."

Another victim recalled the horror moment she was strangled by Ferreira.

She said: "I felt paralysed and I kept asking myself, how long does he need to kill me? This question terrorises me daily."

Another told how she suffers nightmares still and barricades herself in her bedroom with furniture.

HORROR ATTACKS

Truro Crown Court heard how Ferreira lay in wait for his first victim, aged 16, before sexually assaulting her on a deserted beach.

Thee monster choked the teen so she couldn't scream – leaving her fearing her eyes would "pop out".

Three weeks later, he attempted to rape a French woman on holiday in St Ives in a tent while her boyfriend was at a nearby pub.

In October last year, Ferreira ambushed a drunk woman as she walked to a shop and took her back to his flat where he raped her.

She woke the next morning naked in his bed and injured.

A harrowing phone recording later found by police showed the woman repeatedly saying "no".

Cops also discovered over 200 hours of violent porn on computer at Ferreira's home, as well as recordings of meetings with other women.

'SIGNIFICANT DANGER'

Judge Simon Carr described Ferreira's crimes as "sustained and brutal attacks on young women".

He added: "You present a very significant danger to women and probably will for the rest of your life.

"The effects on the victims have been devastating and I suspect lifelong."

Ferreira was given an extended jail term of 25 years – 20 to be spent in jail and the remaining five years on licence.

He must serve two thirds of his sentence before he can apply for parole.

Ferreira was also placed on the sex offenders' register for life.

Detective Inspector Steve Hambly from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “I welcome today’s sentence, after what has been a most disturbing case that has investigated some truly despicable offending.

"I’d like to complement the enquiry team that brought this matter to court; their hard work has helped achieve today’s result, despite the fact the convicted man would accept no responsibility whatsoever for his actions.

“But most of all, I’d like to pay tribute to the three brave women who had the courage not just to report the crimes against them, but also to give evidence at trial.

"It’s their bravery that means that Ferreira can pose no further threat to the women he encounters for the foreseeable future.”

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