Student rapist is jailed for eight years
A man has been jailed for eight years for raping a fellow university student who was so drunk she was drifting in and out of consciousness.
Daniel Perkins, aged 32, walked the woman home and took advantage of her after she had collapsed on her bed, a court heard.
Callous Perkins called her a “baby” when she complained of pain and even asked her whether she enjoyed it, a jury heard.
She was so traumatised she needed medication for anxiety and depression – and felt she had to leave her course at Plymouth University.
Perkins, already thrown off his course there, raped the woman three times after a night out at Club Envy, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
He had denied the offences, saying she was not badly drunk and had consented to sex on the night of January 8 last year.
But a jury convicted him on all three counts after a week-long trial.
Sentencing him to eight years in prison, Judge Paul Darlow told Perkins: “She was clearly vulnerable, unable to resist. She was drunk and in and out of consciousness.
“When she could she made it clear to you that she did not consent to what was happening. The fact that you were under the influence of alcohol is another exacerbating factor.
“This happened in her own room, the very place where she is entitled to feel safest.”
Perkins, of North Road East in Mutley, shook visibly as he was being sentenced. He mouthed words to supporters at the back of the court as he was taken away in handcuffs.
The woman had earlier told the court that Perkins had walked her home and she had let him into her city flat to use the bathroom.
She said she collapsed drunkenly on to her bed fully-clothed. But Perkins stripped her and had sex with her.
The woman said she was in pain while he had sex with her, but Perkins called her a “baby”.
She added that he “talked dirty” to her, which made her feel “horrible”.
Helen Hope, for the Crown Prosecution Service, read two statements from the victim – the second taken after the guilty verdicts.
She said the woman had suffered anxiety and depression and had to take medication which had affected her sleep and her appetite.
The woman added she felt she had to leave Plymouth University and continue her studies in another part of the country. She had to start her degree all over again.
The victim said in the second statement: “I am not sure ultimately how I feel. Relieved or glad that it was not all for nothing? The investigation was traumatic. Everything has hit me all over again. It is going to take time for it to sink in and for me to realise that it is actually over.
“Walking into that courtroom was one of the scariest and most difficult things I have ever done in my life.”
She said she had not been sleeping and had been tied to the phone during the trial.
The victim said she was forced to leave Plymouth University.
A statement from the student’s personal tutor at Plymouth University said that she had won awards for her work and was heading towards a very good degree before the attack.
Jason Beal, for Perkins, said the defendant had not “set up” the situation but taken advantage of the student’s drunkenness.
He added that his university career was terminated as a result of the allegations as soon as they were made.
Mr Beal said the defendant, who used to work at Pizza Hut, had no previous police cautions nor convictions.