A MAN who held a fake gun to a woman’s head and raped her during a massage appointment in Christchurch has been jailed for 18 years.
Neil Glover (47) attacked the victim – a woman in her 50s who cannot be named for legal reasons – while she gave him a massage, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.
The defendant, of no fixed abode, contacted the woman and had a massage from her on 10th February last year, during which he forcibly touched her inappropriately. She stopped Glover and he immediately apologised.
After Glover made further apologies he was given another massage appointment two days later. But when the victim had her back to him, Glover pulled out what she believed to be a gun and held it to her head. He forced her to perform a sex act on him and raped her, the court was told.
The victim reported the matter to police the following day and Glover was arrested at an address in Bournemouth. During a search of the premises officers found five imitation firearms, including a replica pistol which matched the description given by the victim.
When interviewed by officers Glover claimed the sexual activity had been consensual but made no comment to questions around the use of the firearm.
He subsequently denied four charges: two of rape, having a firearm with intent to commit an offence and assault by penetration. The jury found him guilty after a trial.
Glover will be subject to an extended licence period of a further seven years and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
DC Tom Bancroft, of Bournemouth CID, said: “She [the victim] suffered a horrific ordeal at the hands of this defendant that he then compounded by continuing to deny his offending and taking the matter to trial.
“I would like to praise the victim for the strength she has shown throughout – from coming forward initially, through to supporting the investigation and giving evidence for the trial.
“We will always take reports of sexual offences extremely seriously and have a specialist team of officers who will investigate cases and ensure victims are fully supported.”
To report a rape or sexual assault, contact Dorset Police via 101 or go to the independent The Shores sexual assault referral centre for Dorset via 01202 552056 or www.the-shores.org.uk.