Sunday 23 October 2016

'I was disgusted with myself for hurting you' - man accused of raping five women he met on dating website sent text to alleged victim

Alexander Britton

Published 15/02/2016 | 14:31

Derby Crown Court
Derby Crown Court

A man raped five women after meeting them on internet dating site, a court heard.

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Jason Lawrance, 50, of Arundel Close, Liphook, Hampshire, is also accused of attempting to rape and sexually assaulting another two women after chatting to them online.

Derby Crown Court heard Lawrance met up with one of his alleged victims in Buxton, Derbyshire in November 2013 and the pair went back to her house for consensual sex.

Prosecuting, Shaun Smith QC said, on the following morning, Lawrance raped the woman despite her "screaming hysterically and telling him 'no, no, no'".

Following the alleged ordeal, the prosecution said Lawrance "calmly got dressed" and drove off.

He then sent the alleged victim a text message reading: "When you were crying out for me to stop I couldn't, I'm so mad at myself xxx" and another saying "I was disgusted with myself for hurting you. I am so sorry. I am too rough for you xxx xx".

The court heard Lawrance used two profiles on the site - keepitstraighttoday and straightmanlooking - but was keen to start to talk to women by text message or email.

Mr Smith said: "We suggest that's because he was keen to engineer a situation where he persuaded women to make contact with him privately by phone or text message or email so he was not being watched by the website."

Another of Lawrance's alleged rapes happened in the back of a van on a country lane near Crick, Northamptonshire in June 2011.

The court heard the alleged victim was picked up in a vehicle being driven by Lawrance, and driven up a track into a field where he tried to convince her to get into the back of the van where he had made bunk beds.

Mr Smith said she eventually gave in and then "matters deteriorated very badly indeed".

He said: "He insisted that she got into the back of the van and lay on the bottom bed and frightened for her safety she eventually did as he asked.

"He pulled the bed covers over her and removed her trousers. All that she remembers was it was pitch black. She was then raped by him.

"He raped her despite the fact that she was crying and asking him to stop."

Lawrance denies all the charges and the trial at Derby Crown Court is expected to last two weeks.

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