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A Chatham man has been jailed after raping a drunk teenager in what a judge described as "an exceptionally horrific crime".

Mark Matthews has now been sent to prison for taking advantage of the victim who was unconscious after drinking alcohol at the time of the attack.

Mark Matthews, of Broadlands Drive, Chatham, has been jailed after raping a drunk teenager. Picture: Kent Police
Mark Matthews, of Broadlands Drive, Chatham, has been jailed after raping a drunk teenager. Picture: Kent Police

Maidstone Crown Court heard how she woke in pain with bruising to her hip and leg.

Matthews, of Broadlands Drive, denied having sex and claimed he was with his girlfriend at the time.

The court heard the 35-year-old not only maintained his innocence for several months before eventually pleading guilty, he also stalked a former partner while on court bail.

Judge Robert Lazarus told him: "She was extremely vulnerable not just due to her age but the fact she was unconscious.

"I accept you didn't ply her with alcohol but you were watching her drink and you took advantage of her intoxicated state."

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

The judge also told him that by delaying his guilty plea, he had added to his victim's distress.

"I'm asked to find that you have shown genuine remorse but I cannot come to that conclusion.

"You maintained for some time your plea of not guilty. You then went on to commit further serious offences while on bail."

The court heard the rape victim told police that on the night she was attacked, she felt dizzy from various alcoholic drinks and eventually blacked out.

Prosecutor Martin Yale said she described herself as being "extremely drunk" and unable to walk properly.

"She was scared to stay at her home alone and feared for family members including her daughter..."

She told police that although she could feel pain and what she thought was a hand over her mouth, it was as if she was "in a dream", the court heard.

Matthews was arrested and denied rape, the court was told.

It was while on court bail that he then began "terrorising" a former partner, said the prosecutor.

Over a month-long period he sent her hundreds of messages, accusing her of seeing another man and making threats.

On one occasion he drove to the home of one of her male friends where, using a chain, he smashed a BMW parked on the driveway.

Matthews also sent voice notes of himself crying, apologising and begging her to talk to him.

"As a result, she was scared to stay at her home alone and feared for family members including her daughter," said the prosecutor.

Matthews was jailed for 10 years for rape, with a further nine months' imprisonment to be served consecutively for stalking, possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage.

He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Eve George, defending, said although the rape was not premeditated, he had "taken advantage of the situation".

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