March 2021

Sex offender smirked in court as victim told how he urinated on her

A man who raped his Tinder date and then urinated on her smirked as she read her victim impact statement in court. 

Wesley Spalding, 32, ‘manipulated’ his victim after meeting her on the dating app and then violently and sexually attacked her while she slept.

He also deprived her of sleep with loud and repetitive music and ‘did things so painful [she] was embarrassed to tell people’. 

Spalding has five previous convictions for seven offences, including criminal damage and harassment of an ex-partner, the court heard. 

Spalding was convicted of assault by penetration, attempting to assault by penetration, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of coercive and controlling behaviour following a week-long trial.

Spalding, originally from Coventry, was jailed for seven years and will serve two thirds of his sentence behind bars before he can be released on licence. 

Judge Mark Bury said: ‘Your behaviour towards her changed and involved sexual, physical and emotional abuse. 

Yesterday, after the victim told Hull Crown Court what she had been through, Spalding smirked at her while she was still sitting in the witness box.

The woman said: ‘I had worked hard and was renting my own house.I had worked hard on my confidence.

Only now I can see I was the perfect target. 

‘He seemed so caring and so thoughtful. His manipulation impaired my judgement. It didn’t take long to go back to a shadow of my former self.

‘I was sleep deprived and that kept me in a state of confusion. He did things so painful I was embarrassed to tell people.

‘I battle on a daily basis. I have to speak out for other victims, past, present and future who feel like they don’t have a voice.’ 

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she experienced ‘mental torment’ at Spalding’s hands.  ‘I felt like I was a pressure cooker. What was a dream is now a nightmare,’ she said.