Monday 26 June 2017

Man who posed as woman's friend on messaging app jailed for rape

Tobias Grayston, 26, who has been jailed for 13 years at Norwich Crown Court after he raped a woman in her own home Credit: Norfolk Police/PA Wire
Tobias Grayston, 26, who has been jailed for 13 years at Norwich Crown Court after he raped a woman in her own home Credit: Norfolk Police/PA Wire

Sam Russell

A man who raped a woman in her own home has been jailed for 13 years, police said.

Tobias Grayston, 26, had contacted his victim on a messaging app, claiming to be someone else she knew.

He arranged to meet her away from her home, but instead lay in wait in her bedroom, tied her up when she returned and raped her.

Grayston, of Music House Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, was convicted following a five-day trial at Norwich Crown Court in July and was sentenced on Tuesday.

He left his victim's home after she persuaded him she would not tell anyone what had happened.

But she raised the alarm after he left and he was arrested the same day, in February 2016.

Grayston refused to answer police questions beyond denying the offence, chose not to be cross-examined in his own defence and a jury found him guilty by a unanimous verdict.

He has been jailed for 13 years with a further three on licence, and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Dave Sorrell, from the Rape Investigation Unit, said: "This was a horrible case where the offender used social media and messaging apps to prey on his victim.

"I would like to commend her on her bravery in coming forward following her ordeal.

"I would also like to highlight the importance of being safe online and the potential dangers it can pose."

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