Internet conman claimed he rubbed shoulders with stars of Dragons’ Den but, in reality, he was a 24-stone cowboy builder
A “vile” internet conman who robbed women he found looking for love on dating websites has been jailed for 22 years.
Christopher Swain, 40, tracked his victims down using the “Smooch” matchmaking site claiming to be a successful businessman.
He pretended to lead a champagne lifestyle, with racehorses who lied about rubbing shoulders with stars of TV’s Dragons’ Den.
But in reality he was a 24-stone cowboy builder who made one of his terrified victims endure a violent ‘campaign of rape.’
Both his victims were left facing bankruptcy after he squandered their money on booze and betting, a court heard.
Swain,who has previously been described as a ‘one man crimewave’, targeted the women after he was released on tag from a two-year prison term for robbing a third female.
Jailing him, Mr Justice Males said: “Your claims that you loved and cared for both women when you were seeing them at the same time, stealing from them both and beating and raping one, rang particularly hollow.”
Swain,of Bath, Somerset appeared for sentence on Monday after being convicted at Sheffield crown court of five rapes and two assaults by penetration on a 39-year-old from Northamptonshire, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
He also admitted stealing more than £20,000 from her and making false loan applications in her name.
He further admitted stealing £11,920 from another woman from Barnsley, aged 43.
Prosecutor Gordon Stables told the court: “It may be that there are other women.”
The judge told Swain about the damage he had caused to his rape victim who was a “bubbly, independent, strong woman” before she met him.
But the judge added: “By the time you had finished with her she had become an emotional wreck, plainly terrified of you, describing her life as a nightmare, and starting to think about suicide.”
The victim he raped said she met him in Cheltenham in 2012 and he was “romantic, complimentary and charming.”
Swain told her he lived in Bristol and had just been in a business meeting with one of the TV Dragons .
He moved in with her when his prison tag was removed and at Christmas that year he took her to a shop to try on an expensive engagement ring – a cruel trick he had played on other women – but she never got it.
He went on to take control of her finances and promised her holidays in Barbados, Mexico and a £750,000 dream home.
But instead he left her penniless after plundering her bank accounts at every opportunity to fritter the cash away at the bookies.
The victim was too scared to go to the police because he had claimed she would be targeted by international counterfeiting crooks he worked with.
Towards the end of summer 2013, the woman discovered her statements he’d hidden and found he had left her £20,000 in debt for purchases and cash withdrawals she had not made.
On confronting Swain, he started to become violent towards her and over a period of six months, Swain repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her.
Swain began a new relationship with his second victim in September 2013 – again meeting her through the same dating website, telling her the same lies. In January 2014, the woman was alerted while she was at work that there were concerns with her bank account.
On checking her accounts, £13,000 had been withdrawn and an additional £2,000 spent on her credit card and contacted the police.
Commenting on Swain, DC Dean Hamby investigating said: “There are no words to describe the appalling abuse Swain inflicted on this woman when he realised he had been found out.
“He made his victim endure the traumatic ordeal of a trial and have to relive the pain and suffering at his hands.
“He is a vile man who thoroughly deserves the lengthy sentence he has been given.”
DC Hamby urged other women who may have been victims of Swain to come forward.
He continued: “The courage of the two women involved is absolutely remarkable.”