Tuesday 6 December 2016

Sex, drugs and drink culture of City attacked by judge as rapist jailed

Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30

Daniel Green outside the Old Bailey. Photo: David Mirzoeffwith
Daniel Green outside the Old Bailey. Photo: David Mirzoeffwith

A judge has highlighted the City's "excessive" culture of drink and drug-taking as he jailed a trader for raping a young woman after a cocaine-fuelled office party.

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Daniel Green (26) was found guilty of attacking the woman, in her 20s, after she had curled up to sleep under a desk in the early hours of May 16, 2015.

The pair had met during after-work drinks in the City of London and gone back with a group of Green's colleagues to the StratX stockbrokers' offices near Monument, where he had only just started work. While there, partygoers danced on desks to music, drank Champagne and took lines of cocaine into the early hours.

Most of the StratX men went home after the mood soured as the woman's companion complained her stash of cocaine had gone missing because she was reluctant to share it.

The woman, who cannot be identified, was left in the office with Green, her friend and another StratX employee who tried to rekindle the party atmosphere.

But she told jurors she became tired and decided to take a nap under a desk, intending to catch the first train home because she did not have enough money for a taxi.

Wiping away tears, she described how she awoke to find Green "tugging" her trousers down and asked him "What the f*** are you doing?".

"At that point I remember just trying to crawl forward to get away. I knew what was going to happen. I remember being pulled back," she told the jury.

"The next thing I remember was Daniel raping me.

"I was still trying to wriggle away, doing anything I could to stop that. I guess I was in a state of shock at what was happening. I was just trying to say no and get across this is something I don't want to happen.

"I just kept saying 'No, no, no, no, no, no' but it absolutely didn't stop anything.

"He was making sexual noises, making me feel horrible, so I burst into tears. After realising I was not going to get away and this was actually happening, I started crying, and at that point - it seemed so bizarre as he'd said absolutely nothing before - he said 'Oh shit, she's crying'.

"He got off then. I was just distraught. Then he was out of the office really quickly." The woman rang her best friend from the office and she alerted police, who arrested Green, of Walthamstow, east London.

Prosecutor Timothy Forster dismissed Green's account, saying he had treated his victim like a "piece of meat".

He told jurors: "You perhaps do not need to know the truth of what was going through Mr Green's mind. He was a new member of the company.

"He was suddenly in this world where everyone was drinking and taking cocaine. To a certain extent he might feel he wants to impress people."

The barrister said the defendant had been jealous that the victim's female friend was getting close to his co-worker and had acted because he was "frustrated and humiliated in front of his new work colleagues".

The jury took six hours to find Green guilt of rape by a majority of 11 to 1.

Jailing him, Recorder Michael Wood QC told him: "I do not punish you for what seems to be City culture of excessive drink and casual use of drugs when you go out socialising."

He said the defendant had shown no remorse and behaved with "a degree of arrogance" when he gave evidence in court.

Telegraph.co.uk

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