Hotel porter jailed for 10 years for rape of celebrity guest

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Hotel porter jailed for 10 years for rape of celebrity guest
Hotel porter jailed for 10 years for rape of celebrity guest

A London hotel porter has been jailed for 10 years after raping an "extremely drunk" TV star as she slept in her room.

Soby John, 25, used a colleague's keycard to let himself into her room before sexually assaulting her, reports The Sun.

John used a latex glove as a makeshift condom and took explicit photographs on his mobile phone of his victim.

The attack took place at the Hilton London Metropole in Marylebone on 25 October 2012 after the unnamed TV star in her early 20s had enjoyed a night out with friends in West London.

Southwark Crown Court heard how the victim now suffers with extreme anxiety, has trust issues with men, and is frightened of staying in hotels, as well as being on her own.

According to the Daily Mail, Lesley Jones, prosecuting, told the court: "(The victim) had woken during the night to find an Asian man on top of her having sex with her."

She said the victim "felt immobilised and unable to defend herself", adding: "She said she felt his hand on her neck as she pushed him away but then she drifted into unconsciousness."

The Metro reports that the victim wasn't fully aware of the attack until she woke up.

Judge Alistair McCreath described John's actions has "wicked", and according to the IB Times, said: "I have no doubt you raped her because she was so drunk, she could offer no physical resistance. You targeted her for that purpose."

Judge McCreath also dismissed John's claims the attack was due to him "floundering" in British society.

According to the Kilburn Times, Mr Mcreath said: "I recognise that you are relatively young and brought up in a different culture from the culture in which this terrible offence took place.

"But the reality is that you had sexual intercourse with a woman who was so drunk as to be insensible, and whatever cultural values you may have been brought up with, I don't for a moment accept they condone the non-consensual intercourse with a woman who was so drunk as to be insensible."

John, who was living in Wembley, had entered the UK on a student visa, which had expired, and he was due to be deported back to India.

He will now be deported to India after he has served his sentence.

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