Rapist Prince Irving stunned a 16-year-old girl and then raped her along with another man to a flat party in Cardiff in 2019, Newport Crown Court heard on Friday
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A teenager woke up to find men raping her on her 16th birthday after she was given a cocaine drink.
The victim was at a party in Cardiff in 2019 and was exploited by rapist Prince Irving and others who jumped her to drink with the Class A drug that caused her to black out.
The girl, who has lifelong anonymity, said she would remember the attack every time she celebrated a birthday.
After the arrest, Irving, 28, claimed he had never been to Cardiff, but a swab taken from the victim turned out to have a positive match with his DNA.
The 28-year-old had joined others from his home in London for the party in the rented apartment, a court decision was heard at Newport Crown Court on Friday.
Judge Daniel Williams said he “intended to have sex”.
The judge added: “When you met (the victim), your intention, which was shared by each other, was to have sex with her, whether she wanted to or not. I am satisfied with the evidence you well knew her age.
“You were to some extent under the influence of drinks and drugs, and she was given a drink of alcohol with added cocaine.
“The effect on her was almost immediate, and she began to darken. Her next memory was waking up in the bedroom and being raped by someone in your group.
“Other members of your group when the rape took place came into the bedroom to watch.
“You then exchanged, as (the victim) put it, with the first man, and you raped her. She cried in pain when you raped her, and she said you should stop, but you would not.
“Your answer was an ugly brag that she could not handle you.”
The court was told that a third man was planning to rape the victim, but a disturbance in the apartment prevented this from happening.
As a result of the rape, the girl suffered significant bleeding.
In a victim statement read out in court by prosecutor Matthew Cobbe, the victim said the rape had limited her ability to live a normal life.
She said: “I went out to celebrate my birthday and ended up in the middle of a nightmare. Every year I celebrate my birthday, it will be the anniversary of my attack.”
The girl also said that her GCSE exam results suffered as a result of the attack.
She added: “I have a little more social life and my self-esteem is very low. I feel too eager to go out at night and I am reluctant to leave the house safe and spend my time in my bedroom …
“Sometimes I feel like the memory of the attack fades a bit, but something will trigger a flashback and I’m back to the first one.
“Nightmares are also a problem and take me back to that night.
“The incident has left me extremely cautious with men and I’m not even considering forming a relationship. It will take a while before I regain that confidence.
“It hurts me to see the effect on my family – it has caused stress and anguish for all members for whom I irrationally feel responsible.
“I do not feel forgiveness for my attacker. He is responsible for the pain he has brought to me and my family and nothing will restore things to normal.”
Irving, from The Crossway, Wealdstone, Harrow, denied raping the victim and initially claimed he had never been to Cardiff.
He was found guilty after a trial.
For relief, Andreas O’Shea said his client was a father of two with the youngest child born 10 days ago.
Defendant missed the birth after being remanded in custody after the trial.
O’Shea said that while the defendant maintained his innocence, there was “another side to him” and described him as a “supportive father”.
At sentencing, Judge Williams said the defendant was a “high risk” to young women in social settings. He added: “(The victim) was subjected to both humiliation and humiliation as the rapes were treated as entertainment for others in the apartment.
“It was a persistent incident and involved her being raped twice and threatened with a third. She was vulnerable.
“She was a very young woman only a few days after childhood and was helplessly incapacitated by drugs she inadvertently took.”
Irving was sentenced to 13 years in prison, of which he will serve two-thirds, and is subject to the requirement of notification of sex offenders for life.