A BRAVE rape victim helped cops catch her attacker by using a trick she learned on This Morning.
The teenager met Pardon Bopoto, 36, on a night out in Bristol but when they got to her house he forced himself upon her.
Pardon Bopoto, 36, has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of rape[/caption]
The 19-year-old offered him the spare room but he “wouldn’t take no for an answer”, despite her being very clear that she did not want to have sex with him.
Thankfully, she remembered a tip that another victim shared with Phil and Holly on This Morning and hit record on her phone.
Bopoto was arrested and denied rape, but a jury who heard the audio recording at Bristol Crown Court convicted him today.
He has been jailed for six years.
Judge William Hart told him: “From the recording you can tell she has been drinking and is tired. All she wants you to do is leave her alone.
“You are determined to carry on and you did.
“Anyone listening to the recording would have found it very emotional and upsetting, as the jury did from their reaction to it.
She made her position clear, both physically and in words, you were not prepared to say no for an answer, and you raped her.
Judge William Hart
“It was a recording made of what happened between the two of you.
“She made her position clear, both physically and in words, you were not prepared to say no for an answer, and you raped her.”
Bopoto was told to register as a sex offender indefinitely and is now barred from working from children and vulnerable adults.
The jury heard the victim had seen an item in This Morning in which a woman being sexually assaulted video recorded her attacker.
The 19-year-old read a victim personal statement to the judge from the witness box, sitting behind a screen.
She described how she froze when she was assaulted and had gone from an “outgoing and bubbly” person to finding it hard to trust people and not going out alone.
She told the court: “I felt guilty talking about it to my family. I didn’t want to upset them.
“It really upsets me to see my family crying.”
She said she had had to take time off work and had lost out financially.
She added: “I feel all over the place. I think about the future and I don’t know what’s going to happen.
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“It happened, I’m going to have to live with it and I’m not sure how.”
David Scutt, defending, said: “Mr Bopoto has given me clear instructions that he would wish me to say nothing.
“He takes the view there’s nothing he can say that will make his position any better.”
She got the idea from This Morning when a rape victim said that she recorded her horrendous ordeal[/caption]