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Rapist jailed for 10 years for attacking date he met on matchmaking website

A man has been jailed for 10 and a half years for raping a woman in her home after meeting her on a matchmaking website and sexually assaulting another woman he met online.

Chinmay Patel, 34, denied the charges but was convicted of two counts of rape and two of sexual assault by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday. 

The court heard that Patel contacted his victim on Shaadi.com, a matchmaking site for people of South Asian descent.

He raped her in her London flat after she allowed him to stay on the sofa before attacking her again the following morning.

Patel sexually assaulted a second woman in Leeds after meeting her on the dating app Hinge. The court heard that he bit her and tried to force her legs apart on July 7 last year.

Patel was previously convicted of battery in April 2017 after shoving his partner against a fence, slapping her 12 times and shouting: 'I will sort you out when we get home!'.

During Thursday's court hearing, Patel's victims both read impact statements.

'The incident has ruined my life,' the first woman, who has not been named for legal reasons, said. 

'I'm not the same person I used to be, I'm very closed and guarded now. I feel vulnerable and unsafe when I go outside, I feel the need to check if he is behind me. 

'I feel unsafe and in danger as he knows my address.' 

The woman also told the court how she had to wait three months for the results of a HIV test following 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 own body without crying.'

Patel wore a grey prison-issue jumper as he sat in the dock holding a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a piece of Hindu scripture.

A man has been jailed for 10 and a half years for raping a woman in her home after meeting her on a matchmaking website and sexually assaulting another woman he met online. Chinmay Patel, 34, was convicted of two counts of rape and two of sexual assault by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday

Judge Michael Grieve, QC said of the first victim: 'You have ruined her life and caused her 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 him during their date.

They went out for a meal and Patel tried to get her drunk by plying her with 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 up my top, I said no, he took it out. We kissed and he came to kiss my neck and he bit it'.

The woman said they left the restaurant in the early hours of the morning and Patel became 'grumpy' when she refused to let him come to her home.

'He started saying that we've been arguing for an hour on the road, it's cold, his sinus is hurting.'

She eventually agreed that he could stay on her sofa when he claimed he needed to pick up a friend from Stansted Airport in two hours.

But once they were in her flat he looked into every room before 'rushing' to her room and pushing clothes off the bed with a big smile, the woman told the court.

'He tried to take my top off and my hair was getting tangled up,' the woman said. 'He was kissing me, pushing me down, he kept kissing me to stop me from talking. I was saying: "I have to get out of here, stop, no."'

The woman recounted how Patel began removing her clothes: 'I would not lie down, I kept trying to get back up but he kept kissing me and pushing me down,' she said. 

'He managed to take my skirt off. He went for my tights 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 at my tights, I said "Stop, I don't want to do this"'

Recounting the moments after the rape, the woman said: 'I was in shock and in panic, no, exhausted. I fell asleep and I think I had heart palpitations.

'It must have been 4am, his alarm started ringing so I must have woken up around 5:30am, 6am, maybe 6:30am. I was very awake and in shock.

'I felt dirty, didn't know what to do, got up and washed myself. I was thinking, I was confused about how it all happened, I thought, "Should I call the police?"'

'I was getting panic attacks and trying to normalise myself. I was waking up because he had to go to his friend in Stansted, I had my pyjamas and a top on. He was looking at his phone and said he had missed his friend at the airport. I didn't know what to do, I was in shock, I just wanted him to leave.

'I said I was in shock, and this has never happened in my house. He said "We were just tipsy", I said "Well I wasn't."'

'He started to kiss me, I said "No, I don't want to do this." He started to feel my legs up, trying to take my pyjamas off.

'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, a growl, I started feeling scared, pyjama bottoms were ripped.'

Patel, from Leeds, denied but was convicted of two counts of rape and two of sexual assault. He was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday. He will remain on the sex offenders' register for life

He then attacked her a second time, jurors heard.

'I wanted him to leave, he was saying that he was trying to see his friend who will come and pick him up.

'I was trying to normalise the situation so I could heal my nerves, I was waiting for him to leave.

'I didn't know what to do and I didn't want to leave my pets alone with him.

'I messaged my friend, I went into the kitchen, he was in the living room, I said that I was in trouble and called her.

'I was whispering, I said I had went on a date with this guy, I said he is 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 to myself feeling raped, forced, I was forced, I kept saying no,' she said.

'It's an attack, I'm saying no, and he's still stripping me naked.'

Patel, from Leeds, denied but was convicted of two counts of rape and two of sexual assault.

He was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison and he will remain on the sex offenders' register for life.

A court order was also made banning Patel from contacting either of his victims, attending their address, or making a profile or sending a message on any dating website or app.

If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, Rape Crisis England & Wales provides confidential support. You can call them on 0808 802 9999 or speak to someone through Live Chat. Rape Crisis Centres providing specialist support can also be found on their website. www.rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/want-to-talk/

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