Young man raped teenager, then invited to dinner with girlfriend

A 27-year-old bar worker raped a woman and then invited her to come over for dinner with his girlfriend.

Anthony Nowland, 27, assaulted three women aged 16 or 17 in separate incidents over four years.

He raped or attempted to rape two women in Devon and one in Cornwall between 2015 and 2019, reports cornwalllive,

Nowland tells his final victim to forget about the rape and invites her to dinner with his long-term girlfriend.

Instead he informed the police.

Judge Anna Richardson said: “You tried to stop him from reporting the case to the police and forgetting all about it. You asked him to have dinner with you and your girlfriend.

“When you are sober and not under the influence of narcotics you are described in your contexts as someone who is kind and helpful. You are said to be selfless, putting others before yourself. “

Nowland from Rosales Lane, Totnes, attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl in 2015, rape a woman in 2016, and a woman in 2019.

Mary McCarthy for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Crimes were committed against three different women who were unable to give consent because of alcohol or drugs.”

Miss McCarthy said the 16-year-old ended after a night out at Nowland’s Exeter flat.

She said that the defendant pulled her tights and underwear down and tried to have sex with her twice.

The barrister said Nowland was stopped because he was wearing a tampon.

Miss McCarthy said the teenager had not reported the incident at the time, but it came to light when police investigated another complaint.

He said the next victim was also on a night out with Nowland in the city and ended up at his flat.

Miss McCarthy said the 17-year-old had taken ketamine. The barrister said: “Next thing she knew the defendant was having sex with her.”

She said the teenager told staff at the NHS Sexual Health Walk-in Center what had happened and later told police.

The court heard that Nowland was identified but not put on trial until three years later.

Miss McCarthy said the third victim was drinking with a group.

The 17-year-old was extremely unwell and fell asleep at Nowland’s house.

The barrister said that she learned that the defendant was having sex with her.

Miss McCarthy said: “They suggested to her that it would be easier to forget all about it.”

Nowland later told police that he had taken cocaine and nitrous oxide that night.

Miss McCarthy summarized the statements of all three victims.

The youngest and first victim said she felt “low”.

Another said she had gone on “drug abuse, self-harm and general self-destruction”.

A third said she was “totally violated while she was unconscious”.

Nowland’s barrister Revantha Amarsingh said: “These crimes are committed in the context of a hedonistic lifestyle at the time.

“He has been working out and abstaining from that lifestyle since the last crime.”

He said Nowland came from a “difficult background” when his mother suffered from the disease and died when he was 16.

Mr Amarsingh said he managed to achieve seven GCSEs and went to college in Hertfordshire, where he studied public services.

The barrister added: “He tried on his life only a few months ago. He’s lost his long-term relationship.”

He said Nowland had resigned from the brewery where he worked before his inevitable prison sentence.

Nowland will remain on the sex offender register for life.