A cabaret artist dressed as TV character Herman Munster who raped a 22-year-old woman during a halloween party at a Sheffield swingers’ club has been jailed for five years.
Jeremy Frazer Newsome Smith, aged 45, attacked the woman in a mirrored indoor smoking room at sex club La Chambre, in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield, last October.
He denied rape and said the pair had consensual sex.
But a jury at Sheffield Crown Court found him guilty of rape after nearly seven hours of deliberations.
Judge Peter Kelson QC this morning jailed Smith for five years at Sheffield Crown Court.
The court heard during the trial the woman went to the fancy dress party at the club with two female friends on October 27 and was dressed up as a vampire in a corset, stockings and heels.
Prosecutor Charlotte Baines had told the court the victim was a member of the Attercliffe club but never took part in any sexual activity and went there purely to socialise.
Smith, now living in London, was also with friends - one dressed as Harry Potter and the other in drag as Lily Munster - and the trio had been asked to perform as the cabaret act for the night and were paid in drink.
Judge Kelson, who ordered the rapist’s name to be added to the Sex Offenders’ Register, said he accepted that the actions of the married father that night were ’shockingly out of character’.
But said rape was ‘a crime that leaves its victims nothing less than devastated’.
He said he had ‘wrestled’ since the start of the trial with the fact that Smith left the swingers’ club with his victim’s knickers after the attack.
“I wanted to know from the start whether it was because you were afraid that your DNA would have been on them and you took them away to conceal evidence, but that matter was never explored,” he said.
Judge Kelson said the impact the offence had on the victim was an ‘important’ consideration when sentencing Smith.
He said she had been ‘drinking to excess’ since the rape.
Smith’s barrister, Karma Melly, said he was described by his wife as ‘respectful and gentlemanly’ and agreed the behaviour was out of character.
“This behaviour on that night is not a real reflection of who Mr Smith is - it was borne out of a toxic combination of being in a place where sexuality and sex was paraded before him along with alcohol and viagra.”
She said: “Those few minutes changed the course of his life and his future and that of his family forever’.
Ms Melly referred to his generosity to charities over the years, including helping orphanages and terminally ill children.