A teenager was raped on her 16th birthday after she was given a drink of cocaine and woke up to find men attacking her.
The victim attended a party in Cardiff in 2019 and was exploited by rapist Prince Irving and others who spiced her drink with the Class A drug that caused her to black out.
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 girl, who has lifelong anonymity, said she would remember the attack every time she celebrated a birthday.
A conviction at Newport Crown Court yesterday heard the defendant traveled from his home in London with others to attend the party in a rented apartment and was described by Judge Daniel Williams as ‘intending to have sex’.
A 16-year-old girl who attended a party in Cardiff was exploited by rapist Prince Irving, 28, and others who provided her with a Class A drug drink that caused her to black out, Newport Crown Court heard
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’m happy 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 added to cocaine.
‘The effect on her was almost immediate and she began to darken. Her next memory was to wake up in the bedroom and be raped by one of your group.
‘Other members of your group when the rape took place came into the bedroom to watch. You then, as [the victim] expressed it, swapped with the first man and you raped her. She screamed in pain when you raped her and she asked you to stop but you would not. Your answer was a terrible boast 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 personal statement from the victim, which was read out in court by prosecutor Matthew Cobbe, the woman 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 her GCSE exams were affected and did not think her results reflected her potential.
Irving was sentenced to 13 years in prison and made him subject to reporting of sexual offenders for life
She added: ‘I have a little social life more and my self-confidence is very low. I feel too eager to go out at night and I am reluctant to leave the security of the house and spend my time in my bedroom …
Sometimes I feel like the memory of the attack is fading a bit but something will trigger a flashback and I am back in place one.
Nightmares are a problem too and take me back to that night.
‘The incident has left me extremely wary of men and I am 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 in Wealdstone, Harrow, denied having raped the victim, initially claiming he had never been to Cardiff, but 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, but defendant missed the birth after being remanded in custody after the trial.
At sentencing, Judge Williams said the defendant was a ‘high risk’ for young women in social settings.
He added: ‘[The victim] was subjected to both aggravation and humiliation with the rapes being 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 and made him subject to reporting of sexual offenders for life.