Rapist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Attacking Date He Met on Matchmaking Website
A man was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison for raping a woman in her home after meeting her on a dating website and sexually assaulting another woman he met online.
Chinmay Patel, 34, denied the charges but was found guilty on Thursday of two counts of rape and two sexual assaults by a jury at Southwark Crown Court.
The court heard that Patel contacted his victim on Shaadi.com, a matchmaking site for people of South Asian descent.
He raped her in his London apartment after she allowed him to stay on the sofa before attacking him again the next morning.
Patel sexually assaulted a second woman in Leeds after meeting her on the Hinge dating app. The court heard he bit her and tried to spread her legs on July 7 last year.
Patel was previously convicted of assault and battery in April 2017 after pushing his partner against a fence, slapping her 12 times and shouting, “I’ll settle you when we get home!”
During Thursday’s hearing, Patel’s victims both read impact statements.
“The incident ruined my life,” said the first woman, who was not named for legal reasons.
“I’m not the same person I used to be, I’m very closed and watched now. I feel vulnerable and in danger when I go out, I feel the need to check if he’s behind me.
“I feel in danger and in danger because he knows my address.”
The woman also told the court that she had to wait three months for the results of an HIV test after the rape.
The second woman, who was also not named for legal reasons, said in her statement: “I couldn’t look at my own body, I couldn’t even wash my body without crying.”
Patel wore a gray prison sweater as he sat on the platform, holding a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, an extract from the Hindu scriptures.
A man was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison for raping a woman in her home after meeting her on a dating website and sexually assaulting another woman he met online. Chinmay Patel, 34, was convicted of two counts of rape and two sexual assaults by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday
Judge Michael Grieve, QC, said of the first victim: “You ruined his life and caused him significant psychological trauma.”
The court heard how Patel said “It’s not like I’m raping you” to the woman when she refused to kiss her during their date.
They went out for a meal and Patel tried to get her drunk by offering her wine and sambuca, the court heard.
“He tried to kiss me, I said ‘I don’t want to kiss’, the first victim told jurors.” He put his hand on my top, I said no, he took it out. We kissed and he came over and kissed my neck and he bit it.
The woman said they left the restaurant in the early hours of the morning and Patel got “rude” when she refused to let him come to her house.
“He started to say we’ve been arguing for an hour on the road, it’s cold, his sinuses hurt.”
She finally agreed that he could stay on her couch when he said he was due to pick up a friend from Stansted airport in two hours.
But once they were in his apartment, he looked around every room before “rushing” to his room and pushing the clothes off the bed with a big smile, the woman told the court.
“He tried to take my top off and my hair is getting tangled,” the woman said. “He was kissing me, pushing me down, he kept kissing me to keep me from speaking.” I was like, ‘I have to get out of here, stop, no.’ ‘
The woman recounted how Patel started to undress: “I wasn’t going to bed, I was trying to get up but he kept kissing me and pushing me down,” she said. .
“He managed to take my skirt off. He went to get my pantyhose and pulled them down, I said “No, no, no, I don’t want to take them off, I don’t want to do this.” ‘
‘He kept pulling on my pantyhose, I said “Stop, I don’t wanna do this”‘
Recounting the moments after the rape, the woman said, “I was in shock and panic, no, exhausted. I fell asleep and think I had heart palpitations.
“It must have been 4am, his alarm clock started ringing, so I must have woken up around 5.30am, 6am, maybe 6.30am. I was wide awake and in shock.
“I felt dirty, I didn’t know what to do, I got up and I washed. I thought, I was confused as to how this all turned out, I was like, “Should I call the police? “
“I was having panic attacks and trying to normalize myself. I woke up because he had to go to his friend’s in Stansted, I had my pajamas and a top. He looked at his phone and said he missed his friend at the airport. I didn’t know what to do, I was in shock, I just wanted him to go.
“I said I was in shock, and it never happened in my house. He said “We were just drunk,” I said, “Well, I wasn’t.” ‘
‘He started kissing me, I said “No, I don’t want to do that.” He started to feel my legs come up, trying to remove my pajamas.
‘I said, “You don’t take no for an answer, no, no means no.” He said, “No, I don’t.”
“Then I was fighting, he started showing aggression, growling, I started to be afraid, the pajama bottoms were ripped.”
Patel, from Leeds, denied but was convicted of two counts of rape and two sexual assaults. He was sentenced Thursday to 10.5 years in prison by a jury at Southwark Crown Court. He will remain on the sex offender registry for life
He then attacked her a second time, jurors heard.
“I wanted him to go, he said he was trying to see his friend who will come and get him.
“I was trying to normalize the situation so that I could heal my nerves, I was waiting for him to go.
“I didn’t know what to do and didn’t want to leave my animals alone with him.
“I texted my friend, I went to the kitchen, he was in the living room, I said I was in trouble and I called her.
“I was whispering, I said I had a date with this guy, I said he’s in the living room, I’m in the kitchen, things have happened.”
“She didn’t know what I was trying to say.
She added: “I remember feeling raped, forced, I was forced, I kept saying no,” she said.
“It’s a stroke, I say no, and he’s still undressing me.”
Patel, from Leeds, denied but was convicted of two counts of rape and two sexual assaults.
He was sentenced to 10½ years in prison and will remain on the sex offender registry for life.
A court order was also issued prohibiting Patel from contacting any of his victims, visiting their address, creating a profile or posting on a dating website or app.
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