3rd Mar, 2021

Coventry man who raped woman morning after date jailed for eight years

Coventry Editorial 2nd Nov, 2020 Updated: 3rd Nov, 2020

AFTER going back to a young woman’s home a Coventry man was unable to perform because of the amount he had had to drink but then raped her the next morning.

Hodijah Samuels forced himself on her, ignoring her insistence that she did not want to have sex with him.

And his claim that she had falsely accused him out of spite because she was annoyed about him texting other women was quickly rejected by a jury at Warwick Crown Court.

Samuels, aged 30, of Wappenbury Road, Coventry, was jailed for eight years and three months, and ordered to register as a sex offender for life, after the jury found him guilty of rape.

Prosecutor Tim Harrington said the defendant went on a date with a young lady, got on well and spent the night together but they did not have sex.

“In the morning she was going to go to work and didn’t want intercourse, but he took it anyway.

“He had his way with her when she didn’t want it. He knew that, but cannot face that now.

“This is a case about one person’s word against another’s – and like juries across the land, you will be asked to decide where the truth is.

“Only two people were present when this happened, but in this case there is the plainest of evidence from mobile phones that she was raped by this defendant.”

Mr Harrington explained that Samuels met his victim in July last year through a dating website, and when they met up they visited some pubs before going to the home of a friend of hers.

Samuels then drove her back to her home where they watched television and had more to drink, and she agreed he could stay because he had had too much to be able to drive.

“They got into bed together and they kissed and touched each-other, but the defendant could not get himself aroused, possibly because of the amount of drink they had had, so they did not have intercourse.”

“She wanted to sleep because she had to go to work the next day, but he kept disturbing her and asked for her wi-fi code, which she did not give him.

“Eventually she was able to get to sleep, and when she was woken by her alarm clock in the morning ‘it became apparent he was by then aroused, and he pressed himself against her.”

He added she made it quite plain she was not interested and had to go to work, but he said they ‘were having sex’.

“She said no, but this defendant pushed her back on the bed, pulled down her pyjama bottoms and raped her and carried on until he had satisfied himself.”

After Samuels had left, she went to work, but was visibly upset and confided in a colleague, and the police were contacted.

Meanwhile Samuels sent her a text telling her: “I’m sorry. I feel bad.”

She replied that she had kept telling him to get off, at which Samuels claimed she was ‘enjoying it.’

She repeated that he had raped her but he claimed it was not like that, adding: “I’m sorry, I am, seriously. I was just being an idiot because I was drunk.”

Samuels claimed they had had sex that night, and that in the morning she had initiated intimacy and they had sex again.

He said she ‘went funny’ with him because he was texting other women – and he claimed she was making a false allegation because she had been annoyed about that.

But Mr Harrington pointed out there were no messages to other women on his phone.

Jailing Samuels following the jury’s unanimous verdict, Judge Barry Berlin told him: “You have been found guilty on, in my opinion, overwhelming evidence.

“She invited you to her home and some sexual activity took place but, for some reason, you did not have intercourse.

“The next morning things changed. You decided that, with or without her consent, you were going to have sexual intercourse with her.

“You forced her against her will, when she had made it perfectly clear she did not want sexual intercourse. You ignored that, you pushed her onto the bed and forcibly raped her.

“As a result of the rape she had a sexually transmitted disease, which brings this case into a higher category.

“A further aggravating feature is that this occurred in her own home.”

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