Rapist jailed - Wilstead

09/04/2014

A rapist who claimed his victim had sex with him while he was asleep was jailed for 8 years today, Wednesday, 09 April 2014.

Richard Hopkins, aged 41, claimed that the woman had forced herself on him early in the morning after a drinking session the night before.  But the jury at Luton Crown Court did not believe his story and convicted Hopkins, of Hampton Close, Wilstead, Beds, of raping the 24-year-old on 02 June 2012.

The woman said that the night before they had been drinking. He had tried to get her to play a game of strip poker, but she refused. In the morning he went to the sofa, where she was sleeping and raped her. Afterwards he told her to keep her mouth shut.

Following his arrest, Hopkins had tried to kill himself by taking an overdose. He was in hospital in a coma and placed on a ventilator.

Defence barrister Matthew Kirk said Hopkins still maintains his innocence. He said he had no previous convictions.

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: "She protested and you told her to keep her mouth shut. It is clear you had sexual intentions towards her and forced yourself on her. You thought she would not report the matter to the police and would not be believed."

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