A Birmingham man has been jailed for eight years for rape and assault.
Alex Somerfield, from Nineveh Road, Handsworth, recorded the abuse on his mobile phone in December last year while his victim was asleep and used it to blackmail her into keeping quiet. But after assaulting her in the street in February, she reported the abuse to police and an investigation began.
Although Somerfield thought he had deleted the evidence, experts were able to retrieve the incriminating footage and he was found guilty after a four-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
The 23-year-old was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice after repeatedly contacting his victim in an effort to make her change her statement to police.
Somerfield was sentenced to eight years for rape and four years each for two counts of sexual assault to run consecutively. He also received six months for two counts of assault and battery and 12 months for perverting the course of justice to run consecutively. In addition a Sexual Harm Protection Order was imposed and Somerfield will be placed on the Sex Offender Register indefinitely.
Detective Constable Matt Wilson, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Somerfield had such a hold over his victim that she felt powerless to press charges, but I would like to reassure anyone who is scared to face up to their abuser that we have specialist officers who can help through every step of the process and there are a whole raft of other agencies who can offer support.”