March 2021

Face of dad who raped three women and a man in Plymouth

A sex monster has been jailed for 20 years for raping four extremely drunk people after they left Plymouth nightclubs.

Illegal immigrant John Chalachew, aged 33, attacked three women and a man as he preyed on revellers in the early hours.

He lured the women back to his shared house and dragged the male victim into an alleyway, a court heard.

The father-of-three even raped two women in one night as they slept in different rooms.

Chalachew denied six counts of rape over seven months but was found guilty by a jury at Plymouth Crown Court in November.

The trial judge this afternoon jailed him for 20 years.

Chalachew, who lived in a house with other asylum-seekers in Mount Gould Road, was given a jail term of 20 years with an extended licence of eight years.

The court heard that Chalachew, who arrived in Belfast on a ship in 2005, had 16 previous convictions for 23 offences, including for burglary and violence.

Judge James Townsend said all four victims were more vulnerable because of alcohol.

He added: “I have no hesitation in concluding that it was obvious to you just how badly your victims were affected at the time that you decided to use them for sex.

Judge Townsend ruled that Chalachew was a dangerous offender and would not even be considered for release until two-thirds of the way through his prison term – rather than the usual half-way mark.

Djibouti-born Chalachew, who entered the country illegally, faces deportation with the Home Office watching the sentencing hearing at Taunton Crown Court.

Judge Townsend rejected claims that his offending was opportunistic, though he added that the man had been raped after the defendant has been thrown out by his partner.

He added: “A security doorman testified quite clearly that there were two further nights when drunken women were targeted by you and members of the public intervened.”

Chalachew had sex with one woman without her consent in three different ways – making up three counts.

His victims vary from the teenage man to a woman in her 40s between March and October 2018.

A woman in her early 20s and a family friend in her mid 40s made the first complaint to police in March 2018.

They said that they had bumped into each other on a night out at the Crash Manor club in the city centre and were both under the influence of alcohol.

Both women shared a taxi with the defendant and another man back to Chalachew’s home.

The jury heard that the women slept in different rooms but each woke to find Chalachew having sex with them.

The teenage man was to tell police he had also been raped by Chalachew two months later, in the early hours of May 24.

The court heard that he was separated from friends and was walking home alone after a night out at Pryzm on the Barbican Leisure Park.

He was heading up North Hill to buy some cigarettes from the 24-hour Spar shop when Chalachew dragged him into an alleyway and raped him.

The victim in October 2018 was a married mother in her 30s who had gone out with a friend on the spur of the moment, visiting Walkabout and Popworld.

She became drunk and the two friends were separated. Chalachew somehow got her back to her home and raped her.