Judge sums up in case of alleged Rotherham rapist

A middle-aged man from Rotherham has been accused of raping two teenagers between 2013 and 2015.

Tony Chapman, 42, of Lindley Street, Eastwood, was accused of three counts of rape, one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of a threat to kill.

The defendant has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Judge David Dixon told the jury today (Monday) to consider each count separately and that a unanimous rather than majority verdict would have to be delivered for this case.

The Judge told the court one of the victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said Chapman raped her in his car on two separate occasions and that the defendant had sex with her while she was saying no.

Judge Dixon added Chapman said he did not have sex with her.

The judge also told the court that another victim said that on one occasion Chapman said: “I’m going to stab you, I’m not afraid to do it, no one will miss you.” The defendant denies the incident took place.

Judge Dixon also reported the victim said the defendant had sex with her against her will and she cried throughout.

He added: “Mr Chapman said he never had sex with her like that.”

Judge Dixon told the jury they had to consider the time that had elapsed since the events and what impact that could have on recollection and memory. He added rape victims had been known to act in many different ways after the event took place.

The trial continues.

Sonia Twigg

MA Journalism, Sheffield University @sonia_255