February 2021

Wakefield paedophile giggled after raping drugged up friend as she slept

A convicted child sex offender with 13 previous convictions giggled after getting caught raping his drugged friend as she slept in a hotel bed.

Desmond Robinson had been trusted to sleep on the floor of the victim’s bedroom when he got into her bed, removed her knickers and raped her.

Leeds Crown Court heard he giggled when the victim woke up and apologised for having sex with her without her consent.

The quick-thinking woman managed to get him to repeat the confession in front of another friend who secretly recorded the conversation.

The 52-year-old pervert was handed an extended sentence totaling 12-and-a-half years today (Tuesday) after pleading guilty to rape.

He was told he must serve a custodial period of seven-and-a-half years followed by an extended licence period of five years.

Prosecutor David Bradshaw said the pair had known each other for a number of years and Robinson befriended her at a time when she was homeless and needed friendship.

He said the pair had never been sexual with each other but Robinson became more and more demanding, wanting their friendship to go further.

Robinson was on bail for allegedly assaulting the victim and subject to a sexual harm prevention order when he raped her on October 29 last year.

He had pestered the victim until she dropped the assault allegation and continued being friends with him.

On October 28 last year, he rang her and said he would buy drugs if he could come over to where she was staying.

The victim agreed he could stay in her bed, which he had done before without any sexual encounters taking place.

The pair took crack cocaine together and she took painkillers before going to sleep.

At one point during the night, she got up and made a bed for the defendant on the floor, which she had also done before, and told him to sleep there instead.

The victim, who had gone back to sleep in a T-shirt and knickers, woke up to find her knickers had been pulled down with Robinson raping her.

She jumped out of bed before Robinson giggled and apologised for having sex with her without her consent.

She left the room to get help but he followed her.

The victim then went and got a friend who started secretly recording on her phone as they went back and confronted Robinson.

He repeated his apology for having sex with her without her consent, which was captured on the audio recording.

The victim’s friend waited in the bedroom with Robinson while she called police.

He was arrested and in his police interview he claimed the victim was a sex worker who he had paid £100 to for consensual sex.

Robinson, who lived in a pub that was turned into housing of multiple occupancy on Wakefield Road in Normanton, has 13 previous convictions for 24 offences.

In 1986 and 2003, he was convicted of arson.

Also in the late eighties, he was convicted of indecent exposure and an indecent assault of a female.

In 2004 and 2005, he was convicted of further indecent exposures.

He repeatedly breached sexual harm prevention orders up until 2018.

The court was told he is subject to a sexual harm prevention order until September 2026.

Robinson, who appeared in court via a video link from Armley jail for the sentencing hearing, was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order.