A rapist gunner was sentenced to prison for carrying out a terrifying assault on a woman he had met on the dating app Tinder. Sam Evans, a member of the Royal Artillery Regiment’s 29 Commando, has been charged for a heinous and prolonged attack that irreparably damaged his victim’s life, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Evans put a pillow over the woman’s head, strangled her, and spat on her, the court heard.
He went on to rape her and urinate on her, leaving her feeling “utterly humiliated” and fearful that she might not leave alive.
The attack was described as “utterly savage”.
The man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape, assault by penetration, assault leading to actual bodily harm, and intentional strangulation.
Judge Robert Linford said when sentencing the criminal: “Your life continued with no more than a hangover. But hers was utterly devastated.
“Everyone who knows the sober hard working you, knows a gentle, kind, considerate man.
“But that is incomprehensible when set alongside what you did that night through a combination of alcohol and sheer violent lust.
“It was an utterly savage attack, the stuff of nightmares.”
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According to the proceedings at Plymouth Crown Court, the pair connected on Tinder and exchanged messages, but did not meet in person until July 3, which was the day of the assault.
After taking the woman back to his flat, Evans took out a sex toy and laughed while the victim warned him “not to get any ideas”.
Following this, he subjected her to a harrowing assault, leaving her feeling “trapped” in the property.
In a compelling victim statement, she recounted how “the normal, positive and happy young woman” she was had gone to meet friends on the night she was attacked.
She said: “That version of myself never came home.”
She added: “I cried and begged for it to stop, but I was taunted and laughed at. I was trapped in a permanent state of fear.
“I thought about my family and how I would never see them again.
“I did not think I would ever leave that room alive or if my body would be found – as no one knew where I was.”
He was convicted of one count of rape, two counts of assault by penetration, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of intentional strangulation.
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