August 2017

Teaching assistant raped woman then begged her not to tell police

A teaching assistant raped a woman then begged her not to tell police and claimed he would kill himself.

Billy Dolphin, 20, twice forced himself onto his victim, despite the teenager repeatedly asking him to stop.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he then denied raping the woman and told police they had consensual sex.

But text messages between the pair revealed he had apologised and urged her not to report the attack.

Dolphin, of Berrywood Drive, Whiston, Prescot, and his victim were both 18 when they met on a night out.

They exchanged numbers and texts but the “wary” woman said she did not want a sexual relationship.

Arthur Gibson, prosecuting, said they arranged to meet but she got “cold feet” because he was too pushy.

She agreed to meet him the following week, when they kissed, but she reiterated she did not want to have sex.

Dolphin took her to his gran’s house in Dovecot, but she was “uneasy to say the least” about being alone with him.

He took her to a bedroom and ignored her when she said she was unwell and was “unresponsive” to his sexual touching.

Mr Gibson said Dolphin forced the woman to give him oral sex before raping her, leaving her injured.

The offences came to light after the victim confided in a teacher at her school.

When arrested by police, Dolphin said: “I know what it’s about, the girl who’s involved has spoken to me since.”

He claimed they had consensual sex, but the woman had become upset and asked him to stop, so he did.

However, officers seized both their mobile phones, containing texts providing “a very different picture”.

In one message Dolphin said: “Please don’t take it any further I’m literally begging ye now it does actually scare me, but I am actually sorry.”

He added: “I’m literally s****ing myself that I don’t want to be here anymore. Im actually thinking of killing myself.”

Dolphin admitted two counts of rape ahead of a trial.

The victim today told the court: “I feel I will never escape and I just wish it was a nightmare.”

Simon Christie, defending, said his client had previously been a “positive role model” to children.

However, Judge Denis Watson, QC, replied: “Why did he plead not guilty? Why was the matter listed for trial?”

Mr Christie said: “Lack of courage is the straightforward answer.”

Judge Watson said Dolphin only pleaded guilty when he realised he was in a “hopeless position”.

He said: “Until then she believed she was going to have to relive this in front of a jury.”

Judge Watson sentenced Dolphin to four years and nine months in a young offenders institution.

He must sign on the Sex Offenders Register and abide by a restraining order indefinitely.

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