Penrith rapistsought victimsthrough online dating site

Date: Friday 22nd June 2018

A PREDATORY Penrith rapist who sought out his victims online will be sentenced next month after he admitted a string of offences against three women.

Lee Savage (25), Skiddaw View, entered his guilty pleas on Tuesday and is due to be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday, 20th July.

A trial began earlier that day, after he initially denied the charges, but Judge James Adkin discharged the jury when he heard about a possible change of pleas.

Savage pleaded guilty to raping a woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, between 1st and 18th January, 2015.

He also admitted two counts of rape, two of sexual assault and one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, against one woman in January of this year.

Savage also pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, against another woman between January, 2015, and May, 2016.

Mr Tim Evans, prosecuting, earlier told the jurors the three victims lived in different parts of the country — the north east of England, Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria. “Their only connection is their unhappy dealings with this man,” he said.

Savage contacted each of the women via an online dating website, Plenty of Fish. A common feature in each of the cases was Savage’s “unusual fetish”.

Mr Evans said when he raped his first victim Savage “would have heard her saying stop and he would have been aware that she didn’t want to have sex with him”.

He said the offences between January, 2015, and May, 2016, took place in various locations around Penrith.

Mr Evans said that following the most recent incident, in January this year, the woman reported the matter to the police and Savage was arrested.

Judge Adkin adjourned sentencing until 20th July, to allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared. He remanded Savage in custody until the next hearing.