A teenager has today been jailed for the rape of three women in the capital over the course of a two-year period.
Mikey Hoc, 19, was convicted on 15 February 2019 following the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh of four counts of rape against three women.
He was also convicted of assaulting another women after he held a knife to her throat during an attack in March 2018.
Today he was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow to 10 years in prison, with a further 5 years of supervision and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
In November 2016 Hoc raped a then 15-year-old girl within the graveyard of St Cuthbert’s Church on Lothian Road. He went on to rape the same girl a second time the following month.
Hoc attacked a further two women in March and May of 2018, with a blind woman one of the victims who was subjected to the attack in the Craigour Green area of the city.
Inquiries by detectives from Police Scotland’s Public Protection Unit resulted in Hoc being arrested and charged in June 2018.
Detective Sergeant Ross Duthie from Edinburgh’s Public Protection Unit said: “We welcome the sentencing today of Mikey Hoc who preyed on these women, often befriending them before subjecting them to the most horrific crimes.
“He has shown no remorse and would not admit his actions, forcing the women to re-live their ordeals during the trail process.
“The bravery and courage shown by all the women should be commended, and it is to their credit that they came forward to police to report Hoc’s crimes which has allowed his conviction.
“All reports of sexual crime are investigated thoroughly and we are committed to working with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service to ensure perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice.”