A sex pest drug fiend has been jailed for nine years after raping a teenager who fell ill after being handed a drink that may have been ‘spiked’.
Alistair Thomas Calvert denied raping the 19-year-old at Deganwy, near Llandudno, in November 2012 but was found guilty after trial last month.
At Mold Crown Court on Friday, the 26-year-old, who had a £2,000-a-month drug habit, was given an eight-year sentence for the rape and an additional 12 months for being involved in the supply of cocaine and mephedrone.
Wales Online reported that he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said Calvert alongside two friends had met two young women at a Welsh nightclub and lied to them when they invited them to a party at a local hotel.
They got into a taxi but it stopped outside an apartment, not a hotel. There was no party going on and only the five of them were present.
The court was told the two women were given a drink. Neither saw it being poured, and they became disorientated and very ill shortly afterwards.
“They became dizzy and the victim’s friend lost consciousness,” the judge said. “They had never experienced the like of it before.”
Calvert, from Wylam, near Newcastle, left the apartment but returned a short time later.
The victim left the apartment when a friend of the defendant, a much older man, had stripped off in front of her and she decided to get out.
When Calvert returned he found the victim trying to help her friend who had collapsed on a pathway outside.
“In reality, she was completely at your mercy. She was totally disorientated and as vulnerable as she could possibly be,” the judge said.
Calvert pushed her away towards a wall and raped her.
When she got home her family described her as unresponsive and repeatedly being ill and unable to speak.
Her mother had never seen her in anything like that condition before, the court heard.
“I am quite satisfied that both young women were badly affected by something they had been given late at night in the flat and they were pretty helpless,” the judge said.
“As to what it was, or who was responsible for giving it to them, I cannot say.”
Samples were not taken so there was no forensic evidence available about the presence or otherwise of a date rape drug.
But Judge Rowlands said that the condition of the victim would have been obvious to Calvert but he had gone on to rape her.
“This is in my judgement an extremely serious and disturbing offence,” he said.
She was extremely vulnerable but he could not be sure that Calvert was involved in giving her whatever substance or drink she was given.
At the time of the offence the defendant was an arrogant young man, wholly self-centred, a show-off, the court was told.
“You did not care at all for the feelings of your victim,” Judge Rowlands told him.
“Whether you have grown up or not, I simply do not know. But the sentence will give you plenty of time to reflect on your behaviour.
Simon Mintz, defending, said that there had been little in terms of planning. He left the apartment, it was his case that he was called back to the flat.
He had never been to prison before and was 24 at the time.
The defendant was said to use up to £2,000 a month on drugs and could afford it because of an inheritance and his income as a pub manager, he explained.
He admitted the drugs charge after texts were found on his phone during the rape investigation.