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Isaiah Morgan faces jail for rape of girl at party in Chatham

A teenager faces being locked up for raping a "paralytic" sleeping girl in a bedroom at a party.

Isaiah Morgan took advantage of the 17-year-old girl’s inebriated state after her friends put her to bed at the house in Chatham in August 2015.

She awoke to find him, then 17, on top of her having sex with her, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court
The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

Morgan, now 19, of Livingstone Road, Gillingham, denied rape but was convicted by a jury today.

Silvio Ukaegbu, 19, from Chatham, was alleged to have guarded the bedroom door to prevent anybody entering, but was acquitted of the charge.

Prosecutor Dominic Connolly said the victim was asleep and, therefore, incapable of consenting to sex.

The girl had a lot to drink at the party. She remembered seeing Morgan and Ukaegbu.

Morgan, she said, kept putting his hand on her backside and kissing her, so she moved away.

Mr Connolly said friends became concerned about how drunk she was as she was falling over, and decided to put her to bed.

Judge Charles Macdonald QC
Judge Charles Macdonald QC

“She was lying there dozing on her own when Mr Morgan came into the bedroom,” said Mr Connolly.

“He didn’t say anything to her, but lay on her and pressed himself against her.

“He started to kiss her on the lips. Her friend came in and told him to leave, which he did.”

A group of men including Morgan and Ukaegbu, known as Prince, went into the bedroom. Morgan kept trying to get the girl to sit on his lap.

A friend put her back on the bed and she fell asleep. She awoke to find Morgan on top of her. She was on her back and he was kissing her. Her skirt had been lifted up to her waist.

She was next aware of the bedroom door opening and her friend entering.

Olive Ripley appeared at Maidstone Crown Court
Olive Ripley appeared at Maidstone Crown Court

“Mr Morgan immediately got off her and started pulling up his trousers,” said Mr Connolly.

“She was escorted out of the bedroom and the police were called.”

Morgan sprinted down the stairs and out of the house, followed by Ukaegbu.

Morgan claimed the teenager was awake and consented to sex. Ukaegbu also denied “joint enterprise” rape.

Adjourning sentence on Morgan and granting conditional bail until May 26, Judge Charles Macdonald QC warned: “Custody is inevitable. The starting point is seven years, but because of his age it is likely to be less than that.”

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