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Man guilty of raping Lowestoft woman

PUBLISHED: 10:36 30 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

A MAN has been found guilty of raping a Lowestoft woman in her home.

Andrew Cole, 31, of Balantyne Drive, Colchester, was convicted of rape and common assault by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday afternoon.

A MAN has been found guilty of raping a Lowestoft woman in her home.

Andrew Cole, 31, of Balantyne Drive, Colchester, was convicted of rape and common assault by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday afternoon.

However, the jury of seven men and five women cleared Cole of three further offences - causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, assault by penetration and assault causing actual bodily harm.

The victim, a 27-year-old single mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, met Cole on a telephone chat line and exchanged conversations and text messages for more than six months before meeting him for the first time on Saturday February 16, when the incident took place.

Cole travelled to her home in the Lowestoft area where he and the victim engaged in consensual sex shortly after he arrived. The victim was later raped.

Cole has suffered from bipolar manic depression and hyper mania for a number of years, the court heard.

Judge Neil McKittrick ordered Cole to sign the sex offenders register, and ordered a full psychiatric report to be written before Cole is sentenced.

He said: “I ask issues of dangerousness and risk to be at the forefront. It is important I have the full picture before sentencing. Plainly dangerousness is a live issue in this case.”

Cole has already admitted causing criminal damage by urinating over the victim's sofa, bedding and carpets. He will be remanded in custody until sentencing at a later date.


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