Woman told husband she’d been raped; he did it

A WOMAN told her husband she had been raped on a drunken night out but DNA evidence revealed he did it, a judge heard.

The 35-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been called to collect his wife after she was found slumped over a bench in the English town of Reading, Berkshire.

The court was told that when they got home, he raped his wife as their children slept, reported The Sun.

When she woke up the next morning, the woman could not remember what had happened but began to get suspicious.

She told her husband that she feared she may have been sexually assaulted and he brazenly told her to call the police.

But DNA evidence later proved he was the rapist and on Friday he began a seven year jail sentence after being convicted of one count of rape by a majority verdict.

Reading Crown Court had earlier heard the pair had rowed on the way to a friend's barbecue and the woman had spent the night drinking in a bar before she was found in a drunken stupor.

The woman suspected she had been raped but couldn’t remember by whom.
The woman suspected she had been raped but couldn’t remember by whom.

Sentencing the husband, Judge Alexia Durran said: "On May 14 of last year at around 7pm you and your wife argued - you were on your way to a friend's barbecue. Your wife stormed off and caught a bus to Reading town centre."

The judge said CCTV footage shows she went to a bar and drank a "considerable amount of alcohol" before leaving "completely intoxicated" at about 1am.

She explained that the victim's husband had spent the evening at the barbecue with their son, but at 2am a member of the public called him to say his wife was draped over a bench close to a major road.

The judge said: "In your evidence to the court and in your interview with police, you said she was very drunk, barely coherent and had trouble talking.

"You drove her home and the inevitable conclusion of the jury was you then raped her while she was unable to consent, as a result of the alcohol she had consumed."

The husband was yesterday jailed for seven years and ordered to sign onto the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

He was also made the subject of a restraining order, banning him from contacting his estranged wife, other than through solicitors.

The victim, who attended court, had described in a statement read to the court by the judge about feeling betrayed by the one person in the world she trusted the most.

Judge Durran added: "She described the total and utter shock upon finding out the person responsible was you, her husband."

This story first appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.