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Man faces prison for sex club rape

Jeremy Frazier Newsome Smith

Jeremy Frazier Newsome Smith

A cabaret artist dressed as Frankenstein character Herman Munster has been warned he’s facing a lengthy jail term after he was found guilty of raping a 22-year-old woman during a halloween party at a Sheffield swingers’ club.

Jeremy Frazer Newsome Smith, aged 45, was told to get his affairs in order by Judge Peter Kelson QC after he was found guilty of rape by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court. There were dramatic scenes in court yesterday as the guilty verdict was returned. Smith’s supporters shouted out ‘disgusting’ and ‘this is totally, totally wrong’ from the public gallery.

But Judge Kelson told the jury had the victim and her family been in court he was sure she would have been ‘saying thank you from the bottom of her heart’.

The court heard Smith attacked the woman in a mirrored indoor smoking room at Attercliffe sex club La Chambre last October.

He denied rape and said the pair had consensual sex. But the jury of eight men and four women found him guilty of rape after nearly seven hours of deliberations.

Opening the case prosecutor Charlotte Baines, said: “The allegation occurred in an establishment called La Chambre.

“That is a private members club that’s commonly called a swingers’ club.

“It is an establishment that opens its doors to members who go with a view to watching or participating in sexual activity if they chose to do so.

“It’s clear that La Chambre makes no secret of the type of establishment that it is.

“There are rooms upstairs in the club referred to as the ‘playrooms’.

“Those rooms are for those individuals who want to engage in sexual activity and they engage with other consenting adults in various types of sexual activity - that’s activity that takes place between consenting adults.”

The court heard the woman went to the club’s fancy dress party with two female friends last October 27 and was dressed up as a vampire in a corset, stockings and heels.

Miss Baines said she was a member of the Attercliffe club but never took part in any sexual activity and went there purely to socialise.

Smith was also with friends - one dressed as Harry Potter and the other in drag as Lily Munster.

The trio had been asked to perform as the cabaret act and were paid in drink.

Miss Baines said the woman volunteered to take part in some games on stage as part of the act.

But during one game she was locked in a guillotine and humiliated by Smith.

After the show Smith, who admitted taking Viagra before going to the club, and his friends drank and socialised with the victim and her friends.

After going upstairs to the ‘playrooms’ to watch and laugh at an orgy, Smith took the victim into the smoking room and raped her.

She told the jury the room was lined with mirrors, so that no matter where she looked she was witnessing her own rape.

“I could see everything that was happening,” she said in videotaped testimony.

“I tried to look away but the walls were covered in mirrors so I had to watch everything.”

She said she froze and felt ‘paralysed’ with fear during the attack.

“I was just so scared, I knew what was going to happen. I was just so scared I didn’t even know what to do.”

Smith, formerly of Tingley, Wakefield, but now from Regent Street, London, will be sentenced in September after the preparation of a probation report.

PC Jessica Hawley from South Yorkshire Police’s specialist rape investigation team said: “As this case shows, South Yorkshire Police takes all reports of rape extremely seriously and will work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice.

“We have specially-trained officers in place who work with victims from the moment a rape is reported, gathering every piece of evidence in order to secure a conviction.

“Smith denied the offence and forced his victim to relive her ordeal in court, which must have been incredibly hard for her.

“I would like to praise her for the tremendous courage she has shown during the trial.”

 
 
 

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