'Violent and dangerous' rapist jailed for 10 years - The Leamington Observer

'Violent and dangerous' rapist jailed for 10 years

Leamington Editorial 12th Apr, 2024   0

A ‘DANGEROUS’ rapist who attacked a woman in a Leamington park has been jailed for 10 years.

Luke Kyberd, 29, of The Beeches in Warwick, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court having pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, robbery, and intentional strangulation.

Deeming Kyberd to be a dangerous offender, the judge ordered him to serve an additional seven years on licence.

Kyberd attacked the woman as she was on her way home from work, walking through a park in Queensway in Leamington at around 9pm on January 3.




He grabbed the woman, attempted to strangle her, demanded her phone, and punched her multiple times before sexually assaulting her.

The woman was able to escape and ran to a nearby restaurant where she raised the alarm and provided a detailed description of her attacker.


The description was put out over police airways – and an officer immediately recognised the facial tattoo and stretched ear piercings to be those of Kyberd, who was arrested at his home in Warwick shortly afterwards.

Det Sgt Nic Norris said: “Despite being subjected to an horrendous ordeal, the woman showed remarkable bravery not only in raising the alarm but in providing such an accurate description of her attacker.

“In doing so, we were able to quickly identify and arrest Kyberd. Throughout the investigation and subsequent court proceedings, she has displayed tremendous courage, and we cannot thank her enough for her support.

“While I know this experience will be hard to forget, I hope she can take some comfort from knowing Kyberd will be behind bars for a long time. He’s an extremely violent and dangerous man, and the streets will be safer with him in jail.”

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