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Man who spiked five women's drinks and raped them is jailed for 24 years

A man who laced women’s drinks in order to take advantage of them has been given a lengthy prison sentence.

Tom Wade-Allison, 25, was caught when a woman reported that she had been raped when she was unable to consent.

He had targeted five women, administering an unknown substance to at least two of them before carrying out his attacks.

Judge Timothy Rose said: ‘This was utterly against their will and against their knowledge. We don’t know what the substance was.

‘On the evidence heard during the trial, I am absolutely sure that this is what you did.

‘There is no other rational explanation for the disorientation and out of body experiences that they described in their evidence.’

The attacks took place in Somerset and Devon between March 2016 and November 2017.

The women heard from the five women that they had suffered panic attacks, loss of confidence, ‘tearful and fearful episodes’, and no longer felt safe.

In total he was found guilty of nine counts of rape, three of assault by penetration, one of attempted rape and one of sexual assault.

He was jailed for 24 years, at least 16 of which will be in prison, and must register as a sex offender for life.

After the defendant had been led to the cells, the judge commended the five victims in the case and said they had showed a ‘great deal of bravery’ in coming forward.

Detective Constable Simon Fennell, of Avon and Somerset Police, said Wade-Allison deserved his lengthy prison sentence due to the ‘magnitude of his behaviour’.

‘His crimes will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on his victims’ lives. This has been a long, emotionally and mentally draining journey for each of them,’ he said.

‘They are survivors, and their courage and determination to see this case through to its conclusion is testament to this.’

Jill Macnamara, of the Crown Prosecution Service, described the case as ‘complex’ and the coronavirus pandemic had brought additional challenges and delays.

‘The crimes came to light when one brave woman reported what had happened to her, and as the investigation progressed, additional women came forward to tell of their traumatic experiences with this man,’ she said.

‘I would like to thank all of these women and I hope that today’s sentence goes some way to providing them with the justice they deserve.’

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