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A lying rapist who attacked a drunk defenceless woman in a train toilet even called out to his oblivious wife mid-assault.

Predator Timothy Davies pounced after tricking his partner into thinking he was comforting the unwell victim on the Southeastern service to Ramsgate from Canterbury.

Timothy Davies arriving at Canterbury Crown Court
Timothy Davies arriving at Canterbury Crown Court

The former care-home boss led the slumped woman into a cubicle, where she drifted in and out of consciousness.

He attacked her as she became nauseated, even calling out to wife Cheryl, as she tried to open the locked door.

"I told my wife she was being sick because I didn't want her knowing I was having sex with another woman," the 45-year-old told the jury.

After his arrest Davies schemed to persuade the authorities his victim initiated intercourse.

He then dragged her through the courts after accusing her of lies since the 2018 attack, culminating in this week's trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

But a jury today unanimously convicted Davies of rape.

The ex-manager of Margate's Durham House, run by Ethelbert Children's Service, stared straight ahead clenching his jaw, as his friends and family gasped in the public gallery when the verdict was announced.

He appeared progressively more upset throughout today's hearing.

Jailing Davies for six years Recorder Stuart Trimmer QC, said: "Her life was turned upside down because of these five minutes inside the toilet cubicle.

"Not only did you do it you called out to your wife outside, while she was being sick.

"While those words were being uttered you were having sex with the drunken woman.

Canterbury Crown Court (28248922)
Canterbury Crown Court (28248922)

When Davies took to the stand on Thursday he claimed he was "embarrassed for cheating" on his wife and had "no idea" why his victim wanted him locked up.

He argued she "initiated sex" moments after falling unwell, but prosecutor Christopher Hewertson blasted his web of deceit.

"That, on your behalf is a flagrant lie, isn't it?" asked Mr Hewertson.

"Do you know why she was saying you had sex with her without her consent?"

"I don't know why she said there wasn't consent, no," Davies responded.

Mr Hewertson continued: "She was incapacitated in that toilet cubicle wasn't she?

"Her life was turned upside down because of these five minutes inside the toilet cubicle"...

"She was completely out of it, she was completely vulnerable."

"No she wasn't," Davies replied.

CCTV played in court showed Davies leaving the row of seats where he was sat with his wife, and escorting the drunk woman to the toilet.

When the pair enter the cubicle, his wife could be seen pacing up and down the carriage, seemingly looking for her husband.

She even stood outside and tried the handle as the attack unfolded, Davies claimed he couldn't let her in as the victim was being ill.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, Davies' victim said she was drunk and helpless.

Gordon Ross, defending Davies, asked her: "He didn't rape you did he?

"You had consensual sex in that toilet didn't you?

"You were aware of what was happening weren't you?"

"No I wasn't," the woman replied.

Asked about her frame of mind at the time of the attack, she said: "I just felt really sick and dis-orientated and dizzy.

"I didn't ask ask him to, I remember saying to him 'I know you know what you did (at the train station) and ran away'.

"But I can't remember anything else."

She alerted police and Davies, of previous good character, was arrested in front of his wife at their home in Lorina Road, Ramsgate, the next day.

The trial heard Davies resigned from his job overseeing vulnerable children shortly after the allegation surfaced and since worked as an Asda delivery driver.

His victim, however, said her life was thrown into turmoil after the attack, which she was made to feel was her "own fault."

Suffering panic attacks, uncontrollable crying and stress-related fits, she told the court giving evidence in the same room as her attacker was the "toughest experience in my life."

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