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Man Jailed after Filming Sex Attacks on Woman

A 27 year old man has been jailed after he filmed himself raping a woman at a friend’s house just hours after they met in a night club in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Attacks

Matthew Fellows filmed two attacks on his mobile phone after taking the 26 year old woman back to a friend’s house on 21 September 2012. The clips, which show the victim pleading for him to stop, were shown to police officers – by Fellows – in an attempt to prove his innocence.

Roger Brown, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court:

‘He tried to kiss her. He tried to force himself on her. He put his whole body weight on top of her.

‘He pulled down her trousers and asked her to perform a sex act on him. She said, “No”, and she was not like that. He said, “Yes you are, you are all sl*gs, just do it”.

‘She tried to push him off. He told her over and over that she must do as she has been told. She was scared and went along with what he was saying.’

Mr Brown said that the woman managed to escape Fellows and attempted to alert others at the house. However, Fellows followed her, taking hold of her legs and pulling her back into the room where he proceeded to record them having intercourse and his victim performing a sex act on him.

Mr Brown added:

‘He asked if she liked it. She said, “Yes”. She only said that because she was scared. As soon as she thought he had gone to sleep she left.’

Arrest & Sentencing

Following the attacks, the victim fled to a nearby shop where she asked staff to call the police. Fellows was arrested by officers not long after.

Judge Paul Glenn told the offender:

‘You recorded what happened on your phone and that is a significant aggravating factor.

‘It is plain having seen the transcript that she was saying, “I have not done anything to hurt you”, and she repeatedly asks you why you are doing what you are doing. It is pitiful.

‘The victim was falling over drunk and you knew that. The complainant was drunk. She had fallen over three times during the evening. You tried to kiss her and then forced yourself upon her.

‘She made it plain she was not interested but you would not take no for an answer. She resisted and scratched your neck. She shouted her friend but to no avail.

‘You were calling her a slag. Eventually, in fear, she submitted to your demands. And you recorded it on your phone. You continue to abuse alcohol and cocaine. This was a sustained incident. The victim was vulnerable.’

In his defense, Joanne Wallbanks said that Fellows had a good work ethic. However, she added that he had previously suffered a breakdown and had self-harmed, as well as having struggled with cocaine and alcohol in the past.

After admitting two counts of rape, Fellows was jailed for nine years and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely. Judge Glenn also banned him from taking part in numerous activities with children and vulnerable adults.

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Source: Daily Mail

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