January 2023

Pervert raped woman who had passed out following night out

A pervert raped a woman as she slept following a boozy night out, a court has heard.

The victim, who lives in Cornwall, awoke to find Vetondouua Kariua raping her on October 23, 2021.

Kariua, 27, from Gloucestershire, but who was working in Truro at the time, was convicted of rape by a jury after a relatively short period of deliberation

During the trial, Nigel Wraith described how the victim was drinking with a friend in a seaside village before they got a lift into Truro to carry on the night.

They went to Bunters and then Vanilla and the victim described being nine out of 10 on the drunk scale. It was there Kariua was out with a friend and he and the victim began dancing in a flirty way.

CCTV outside Vanilla showed them chatting and holding hands and the victim and her friend then went to where Kariua was staying. There came a point when the friend left as he had work in the morning.

Mr Wraith said: “The complainant remembers waking up finding herself naked from the waist down and lying down in the bed with Kariua on top of her having sex with her. She told him to stop but he didn’t and carried on having sex with her. She begged him to stop and felt pinned down leaving her unable to move.

“He carried on for a while and then stopped. She made her excuses, retrieved her clothing and left his home.”

The victim was then picked up by her dad crying and shaking. Kariua text her saying ‘text me when you’re home please, sorry you had to leave’ and then ‘good morning beautiful, hope you arrived safe’.

Failed asylum seeker Kariua, who was awaiting deportation, handed himself in at a police station in Gloucester a few days later. He denied having sex with the victim despite traces of his DNA being found on a swab.

Sentencing Kariua, Judge Simon Carr went over what took place that night and then said: “The effect on her has been dramatic. She has gone from a confident professional woman to someone who rarely goes out. She struggles to form relationships as she fears a breach of trust.

“She thought she met someone she was safe with but this couldn’t have been further from the truth.”

Kariua was jailed for seven years and must sign the sex offenders’ register for life