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Exeter rapist jailed for six years after being trapped by victim's selfie

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

  • Richard Hooper

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An arrogant rapist has been jailed after his victim took a selfie to show the black eye he gave her during his attack.

Richard Hooper bragged that the victim had begged him to sleep with her but a jury decided he had bullied her into sex after seeing the picture she took on her mobile.

The drug addict left his victim with a fractured cheek bone and chipped teeth from a vicious attack on the night before the rape, Exeter Crown Court was told.

She was still in great pain when she woke up and so terrified she complied with his demand for sex.

Hooper, aged 27, of Kestor Drive, Exeter, denied rape and assault causing actual bodily harm but was found guilty and jailed for six years.

Judge Jeremy Griggs told him:"These offences were committed with a degree of arrogance which you showed towards the victim and was also apparent in this court.

"The violence which gave rise to this offence is an aggravating feature which should be reflected in the sentence."

During a four day trial the victim told the jury how Hooper went to her flat in Exeter on a Friday night and refused to leave, eventually hitting her so hard in the eye she was knocked onto a bed.

He forced her to have sex with him even though she had made it clear she did not want it.

A key part of the case was the ‘selfie’ she took shortly after he left which showed the extent of the injury to her eye and teeth she suffered in his attack.

It gave the lie to his claim that he only slapped her and that she must have picked up the injury later.

Hooper denied forcing the woman to have sex and said she had asked him to come round for sex.

He said she had invented the rape allegation and in reality it was her who forced him to have sex by dragging him on top of her in bed.

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