May 2023

Violent rapist smothered victims’ faces with pillow

A violent rapist would placed a pillow over his victims’ faces so they couldn’t breathe.

Ben Smith was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of seven counts of rape and two counts of coercive and controlling behaviour in Chester Crown Court in April.

The 28-year-old was also given restraining orders to protect the two women, and is subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Smith’s violent actions were exposed when two women reported he had raped them on more than one occasion. They both also said he was controlling and coercive.

During his attacks, which happened between January and December 2018, the two women were subjected to violence and on occasions he had also placed a pillow over their faces so they couldn’t breathe.

One woman also said that Smith, from Sydney Road, Chester, isolated from her friends and family and he made her feel like she had to be with him all the time.