Chilling moment knife-wielding prowler is seen ‘hunting’ terrified 19-year-old woman… then pounces on her in horrifying attack likened by police to ‘like a scene from TV show Luther’ as he is jailed for seven years
- Peter Hills, 26, followed a teenage girl before threatening her with a knife
- His victim said Hills had threatened to kill her while holding the knife to her chest
- Judge Paul Cook also ordered Hills should have an extended four-year licence
- Judge Cook said the psychiatric report he ordered on Hills was disturbing
This is the chilling moment a man holding a knife is seen ‘hunting’ a terrified teenage before attacking her – in what police say was like ‘a scene from the TV show Luther’.
CCTV shows Peter Hills tracking the 19-year-old victim along a city centre and towards her house in the early hours before grabbing and threatening to kill her.
Hills followed the Italian for several minutes from a coach station before attacking her near a park in Plymouth, Devon.
CCTV footage showed Peter Hills stalking his 19-year-old victim as she walked along a street in Plymouth, Devon. Investigating officers described the incident like a scene from crime drama Luther which stars Idris Elba
Hills received a seven year sentence and was told he will remain on extended licence for a further four years
Hills was jailed for seven years by Bristol Crown Court.
The officer in the case compared the footage to something from dark crime drama Luther.
Hills, 26, claimed that he was a victim of mistaken identity at a trial in Plymouth Crown Court in June.
But he was quickly convicted by a jury of false imprisonment, being in possession of a bladed article and making threats to kill the woman back on January 2.
Judge Paul Cook, having adjourned the case for a psychiatric report, has now sentenced Hills to seven years in prison with an extended licence of four years.
The judge, sitting at Bristol Crown Court, said that he would not be considered for release by the parole board until two thirds of the way through his sentence.
Most offenders are freed at the half-way point.
Peter Hills, pictured, was sentenced to seven years in prison following his conviction in Bristol Crown Court for false imprisonment, being in possession of a bladed article and making threats to kill the woman
It means probation will continue to supervise him for the full 11 years, whenever he is set free.
Judge Cook said the psychiatric report was disturbing.
The court heard that he claimed to have no memory of the attack – so there was no clue to his motivation.
But Hills had his wits about him enough to shout out to a concerned neighbour, claiming the woman whose scream he had heard had just fallen over.
Speaking after the case DC Nathan Drew said: ‘This was an extremely disturbing case involving a stranger-attack on a lone female in a dark, deserted city centre.
‘The victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time, having just returned to Plymouth from Italy.
‘Chilling CCTV footage, reminiscent of a scene from the TV show Luther, shows she was hunted through the streets of Plymouth, until she reached a secluded spot and was attacked.’
The trial heard how the victim had just returned to Plymouth from a Christmas break in Italy when she was attacked on January 2.
Brian Fitzherbert, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said she left the main coach station in Plymouth at about 6am.
The barrister showed the jury CCTV of a man following the woman a few metres behind through dark and deserted streets.
She said one hand suddenly appeared over her shoulder and she saw the other holding a kitchen knife about six or seven inches long.
The 19-year-old described how the blade was held a few inches from her chest.
She said she felt ‘blocked’.
Mr Fitzherbert put her statement to her and she confirmed that the man said ‘I have to kill you’ several times.
The witness added that she could not recall how long the stranger had held her.
But she said that she screamed and he ran away.
Homeless Hills was arrested ten days after the offence sleeping in a subway at North Cross.
He was wearing clothes similar to that of the attacker on January 2.
The court heard that Hills told police it was not him in the CCTV footage – which does not capture the attack itself.