A man raped a woman who sought only companionship after meeting her on a dating site.
Malcolm Compton, 59, was found guilty of rape at Salisbury Crown Court yesterday (27 January), where the jury returned a unanimous verdict – after an hour and a half of deliberation.
The rapist, of Carpenters Lane, Keynsham, near Bath, initially met his Wiltshire victim on a dating website in September 2020 and they had been communicating online for about a week before they agreed to meet in person.
Compton’s victim made it clear that she was ‘seeking companionship’ and that ‘she just wanted to be friends’.
But almost immediately after moving in, he began to pressure her into sexual activity, and exercise controlling behaviour.
On Friday 11 September, Compton went on to rape her. His victim reported the offence to Wiltshire Police the following day.
Following the conviction, Detective Constable Jeremy Horner said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victim in this case for her bravery in reporting this despicable crime and supporting us in our subsequent investigation – during which she has shown real inner strength and dignity throughout.
“Compton, in carrying out this attack, showed a callous disregard for the physical and emotional damage that he inflicted on his victim who was simply seeking companionship.
“He exercised controlling behaviour over her almost from the moment they met and decided to callously ignore her repeated requests to leave her alone in order to satisfy his own desire. “
Following the verdict, Judge Barnett warned Compton that he should expect a substantial sentence for his crime.
Compton is due to appear for sentencing before Winchester Crown Court on 18 March.
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