A man dragged his unconscious victim home and raped him repeatedly, a court heard.
48-year-old Elvis Barney admitted attacking the young man after he left AJ’s Nightclub in Weymouth Street, Warminster, in the early hours of Saturday 17 December.
The victim – who only knew the defendant through a short conversation earlier that night – has collapsed unconscious in the street when he was woken.
Barney refused to call an ambulance as requested, instead dragging the man back to his flat on George Street. It was there that he raped him twice.
Having later gained consciousness, the victim managed to flee the address and ran to a nearby phone kiosk where he called 999.
He provided officers with a description of the room in which he was attacked. When they attended Barney’s home, the victim’s description matched.
At Salisbury Crown Court on Friday (9 June), he was jailed for nine years – six years will be served behind bars whilst the rest will be served on licence.
Det Con Simon Rogers praised the victim for bravely reporting his ordeal.
“I would like to thank the victim for the courage he has shown in reporting this, and his support with the investigation process,” he said.
“Although they briefly spoke in a bar earlier in the night, Barney was not known to his victim. Barney took advantage of the victim’s unconscious state and, despite him repeatedly asking for an ambulance, Barney refused to call for help and instead claimed to be medically trained. He then went on to rape his victim, who later managed to leave the address and call police.
“In interview, Barney initially denied leaving his flat all evening which was quickly disproved by CCTV in the town. He went on to change his account to say that he had been out in town but had never met the victim, but again we were able to prove this was not the case through CCTV enquiries. He later pleaded guilty to two counts of raping the victim.
“This was a premeditated attack where the suspect deliberately misled the victim when he needed medical attention. The victim put his trust in this stranger but sadly was taken into a flat and sexually assaulted.
“Offending of this nature will not be tolerated and I would encourage anybody who has been the victim of a sexual offence to report it to the police. Without the bravery of the victim in this case Barney would not have been convicted and would remain a risk to the public.”
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