Five years for Nottingham man who raped victim in her own kitchen
A RAPIST has been jailed for five years after attacking a woman in her own home.
Simon Williams, 34, of Ewart Road, Forest Fields, was found guilty after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
He denied raping the woman in her kitchen, claiming the sex was consensual. But a jury dismissed his claims and convicted him.
A judge has now sent him to jail for five years and put him on the sex offenders' register for life.
The court heard that the rape took place after Williams had been talking to the woman, who cannot be identified, at her home. He tried to hug her but she pushed him away and said "no" repeatedly as she sat on a worktop.
Stephen Kemp, prosecuting, said: "He pulled her off the worktop and started to pull her leggings down. She resisted, trying to pull them up again. She ended up on the floor but he eventually overpowered her. She told him to stop but he didn't. He continued, knowing it was against her will, knowing what he was doing was wrong."
After he left, she locked all the doors and windows and called a friend a few doors away.
"She was hysterical and struggling to articulate what happened to her," explained Mr Kemp.
Police were contacted about the rape by the woman's family. She was taken to Nottingham's Topaz Centre, where victims of rape and sexual assault receive specialist support and undergo a medical examination.
Williams was arrested two days later. He said he had a kiss and cuddle with the woman, after they had been talking in the kitchen, and "one thing led to another".
He said they became intimate but ten seconds later she told him to stop and he did.
However, Mr Kemp said the woman had made it "abundantly clear" she did not want sex with him that night and did not consent.
For advice about rape, call the Topaz Centre (Notts Sexual Assault Referral Centre) on 0845 600 15 88 or Nottingham Rape Crisis on 0115 941 0440.