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Cannibal ‘black witch’ ex-Cambridge Uni researcher in shop sex attack after chewing flesh off woman’s arm and eating it

A SELF-STYLED “evil black witch” has been jailed for life for a sadistic sex attack which left an elderly shopkeeper in excruciating pain.

David Lake, 52, wore a carnival-style mask during the attack in which he kicked his victim unconscious before inserting an object into his body.

The former Cambridge University researcher was ruled to be a danger to the public because he carried out a previous cannibalistic attack on which he chewed flesh off a woman’s arm and ate it.

The court heard he posed as a customer at a shop in Exeter in October 2018 before returning with alcohol and offering it to his victim, who is in his 70s.

He plied the shopkeeper with vodka and champagne before putting on the gold mask and suddenly turning violent.

Lake said: “I am a black witch. I am not a nice person. I’m a black sorcerer and I am f***ing evil.”

He battered the victim to the ground and kicked him in the back until he passed out from the pain caused by a fractured coccyx.

He sexually assaulted him with an unidentified cylindrical object as he lay unconscious.

I am a black witch. I am not a nice person. I’m a black sorcerer and I am f***ing evil.”

Lake, of Wellington, Somerset, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault by penetration and criminal damage by a jury at Exeter Crown Court in February.

He was jailed for life by Judge David Evans and will not be released unless it is considered safe to do so. He must serve seven and a half years before he can apply for parole.

The judge said a life sentence was the only way to protect the public because Lake suffers from an untreatable personality disorder with grandiose illusions, lacks empathy, and disregards social and sexual norms.

He told Lake: “The victim thought you were going to kill him. This assault was sadistic and cruelly targeted at a particular part of his body.

“He is suffering on-going effects. The victim impact statements from him and his daughter show he is an entirely changed man, both physically and mentally, as a result of his experience at your hands.”

The victim made an impact statement which said he suffered excruciating pain for weeks after the attack.

He struggled to carry on working and suffered nightmares and flashbacks that woke him repeatedly in the night.

Mr Warren Robinson, defending, said psychiatric reports had diagnosed a personality disorder rather than a treatable mental illness, but this still reduced Lake’s culpability for the attack.

Lake did not give evidence at his trial but claimed he left the shop before the assault took place. He demanded to be addressed as Dr Lake at previous hearings because he holds an academic doctorate.

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