March 2018

Rapist jailed after sending victim Facebook messages five years later

A rapist was brought to justice years later after he persistently harassed his victim in Facebook messages – trying to win her over and apologising for his behaviour.

Ajay Corteen told her, “I was drunk, you were stunning. I took advantage of you, I’m sorry.”

His victim had not gone to police after the rape but the constant “fantasising” messages drove her to complain about the harassment.

Corteen, 33, was convicted after a trial last month, and was today jailed for five and a half years while his victim and her parents sat in the public gallery.

Judge Jonathan Foster, QC, said, “I believe you are almost close to being a sexual predator.”

He pointed out that it was his drinking that led him to “garrulously bombard” her with messages. “

“Drink was also your downfall when you took advantage of her that night.

“Drink no doubt was one of the reasons you could not control yourself in the messages and that is what ultimately led to this coming to court and your conviction.”

The judge said that he had been involved in “fantasising behaviour” in sending the messages.

They “amounted to harassment, an attempt to start a relationship with the complainant who you still regarded as very attractive and indeed had photographs of her on your Facebook page and used them for sexual stimulation,“ he said.

A jury at Liverpool Crown Court had heard Corteen had sex with the victim while she lay asleep on a sofa bed with her boyfriend in the home where Corteen was living with his girlfriend after they had all been drinking and taken some cocaine.

The victim awoke and thought it was her boyfriend having sex with her, but then realised it was Corteen and she ran into the bedroom of Corteen’s then girlfriend and told her what had happened.

The victim didn’t actually report the incident to the authorities as she thought she would not be believed because they had all been drunk.

But five years later she began receiving Facebook messages from Corteen.

The messages fizzled out, but in the summer of 2016 he asked to meet up and also asked if he was the father of her child, Robert Dudley, prosecuting, said.

Eventually, the victim reported the rape to police.

When interviewed, Corteen, of Addenbrooke Drive, Hunts Cross, admitting having sex with the young woman but claimed it was after she had been flirtatious but denied that it was rape.

He said he knew he had done something wrong as he had been unfaithful to his girlfriend and had felt guilty about that.

Corteen maintained he had not raped her.

Mr Dudley said today that, in an impact statement the victim, described Corteen as having “destroyed her soul, her being and her life.”

Her character has changed and she suffers from anxiety and depression and struggles to leave her home, he said.

Keith Sutton, prosecuting, said that Corteen has no previous convictions and is vulnerable as he drinks too much “as a mechanism to cope with his personal problems.”

The court heard that Corteen, a divorcee, was in regular employment until 18 months ago.