Published: 16:45, 14 May 2014 |
A deranged woman who used sex chatrooms to arrange for strangers to rape a former work colleague is facing sentence after being found guilty today.
Joanne Berry was told by Judge David Griffith-Jones QC he wanted a psychiatric report before deciding her fate. She was granted bail.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how Berry posed on websites, such as Cougar Shag, declaring she liked role play and wanted to create "some sort of rape scenario".
But having told one man to knock at her door and "burst in", the 30-year-old gave him the home address in Medway of another woman.
She only discovered what was happening when the man arrived on her doorstep.
Fortunately, the man became suspicious and did not go through with a horrific rape.
He later apologised to the woman, saying he had been "set up by a very deranged person".
Told the police had been called, he waited in his car for officers to arrive and gave a statement.
"Grab me by the neck and really scare and intimidate me. Interested? Then you basically have free rein..." - chatroom message sent by Joanne Berry
When Berry - of Marvels Lane, Grove Park, south east London - was arrested, her computer was found to contain conversations with several men describing violent rape fantasies.
One conversation, which included the victim's address, said: "Grab me by the neck and really scare and intimidate me. Interested? Then you basically have free rein."
The university-educated temporary administrator denied putting a person in fear of violence between April and June 2012 by arranging for men to attend the woman's address to assault her and commit forceful sexual acts on her without consent.
She also denied assault with intent to commit a sexual offence, common assault and attempting to cause a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
She was convicted of all charges and will be sentenced on August 8.
Prosecutor Andrew Espley told the jury the evidence was overwhelming.
He said: "Joanne Berry arranged for men to go around to the woman's house and rape her. Luckily that did not happen.
"She went on various sex chat websites, pretending to be the victim, gave her address, used her name, gave the registration of her car which was going to be parked outside and told men to come around to engage in a fantasy rape game with her - basically to rape her."
Berry told the woman in March 2012 she had been raped, but Mr Espley said it was "imaginary and never, ever happened".
She was then said to have become "slightly obsessed", sending the former colleague numerous texts a day.
The woman, who cannot be identified, started receiving text messages from men she did not know, saying: "What's going on?", "Why aren't you in?", "Why can't I have a fantasy rape with you?"
A man called at her home, asked for her by name and claimed to have been talking to her all day online. When told he had the wrong address, he replied: "This is a ******* wind-up."
The next morning, she opened her door to a man and he tried to push his way in.
"She called for help and the man stopped and said: 'Is this a wind-up?'" said Mr Espley. "He must have noticed how frightened she was."
The man also referred to a password he had been given of "feather" and the woman later connected this to a conversation she had with Berry.
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