15th Nov, 2018

Married father-of-two who raped Coventry prostitute is jailed

A married father-of-two raped a Coventry prostitute in the back of his car after removing the condom she had insisted on him wearing.

Cristofon Tatulescu, who had only paid her part of the agreed price, then demanded his money back before dumping her in the middle of nowhere.

But he was traced because her partner had taken the number of his car – and when the police turned up at his home the clothes he had been wearing were already in the washing machine.

Tatulescu (23) of Windmill Road, Longford, Coventry, was jailed for seven years after a jury at Warwick Crown Court found him guilty of raping his victim, which he had denied.

Prosecutor Angus Robertson said that in May the woman was a sex worker in the Hillfields area of Coventry, where she was accompanied by her partner to make sure she was safe.

Just after midnight a blue Renault estate pulled up, and she walked over to it and spoke to the driver, Tatulescu, who agreed a price of £25 for sex.

She got into the car, and as Tatulescu drove off, her partner made a note of the registration number.

Tatulescu stopped in a layby and pulled his trousers down, and she handed him a condom which at first he refused to wear, but then put it on when she insisted.

She asked for the £25 up front, but he handed her just £5 and said he would give her the rest after she had given him ‘good business.’

So she removed her tights, climbed on top of him, and they had intercourse – at that stage with her consent.

He asked her to kiss him, but she refused, saying she did not do that, at which he began kissing and biting her.

They got into the back of the car where he asked for oral sex, but she refused because she saw he had removed the condom.

“He then said it was ‘rubbish business.’ She asked for her money, but he refused and said he didn’t have any, and he began to force himself on her.”

He pushed her down on the seat and raped her, said Mr Robertson, who told the jury: “He was not wearing a condom, and she did not consent to him penetrating her in that way.”

Afterwards, she got dressed and tried to phone her partner, at which Tatulescu pulled the phone from her and demanded his £5 back before driving off, leaving her to walk back.

Meanwhile, her partner had become concerned, so called the police and gave them the number of the car, and officers were on their way by the time she got back and said she had been raped.

The police traced the car and went to Tatulescu’s address where they found him in only a vest and boxer shorts, having just got out of the shower, and with the clothes he had been wearing, including his trainers, in the washing machine.

Tatulescu claimed he had paid £10 up front for sex and oral sex, but after they had had sex in the front of the car, they had got into the back where she had refused to give him oral sex.

He said they had had intercourse again, and that he had worn a condom throughout – which was disproved by an internal swab taken during an examination of his victim.

And he said he had refused to pay her any more because her phone had gone off while they were having sex, and she had answered it and then told him to be quick because she had to go.

Guy Wyatt, defending, said: “Although by the jury’s verdict it’s a serious, unpleasant and troubling offence, it is outside the public’s usual perception of the offence.

“Yes she was vulnerable, in that she was on her own in circumstances where help was not close at hand, but that’s the case in virtually every rape.”

Jailing Tatulescu, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “You treated her with profound disrespect from the start.

“You went on to have sex with her, but what you carried on to do was to remove the condom she had asked you to wear and to rape her in the back of your car, in spite of her protests.

“Your behaviour that night was arrogant beyond belief. You thought because she was a prostitute you could use her as you wanted and failed to respect her wishes.

“After you had raped her you added insult to injury by refusing to pay her and asking for your deposit back, and then simply throwing her out of the car, leaving her weeping and helpless in the middle of nowhere.

“While some may say she has chosen how she lives, it is rarely the case that women turn to that profession from free choice – and it does not take away the fact that she is a vulnerable victim.”

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