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15 May 2015, 10:20
A man who supplied young women with the drug ketamine before raping them in Cambridge has been jailed for 15 years.
Scott Aaron Stroud, 35, raped and sexually assaulted his victims between 2008 and 2012.
Cambridge Crown Court heard the first victim, who was only 15 at the time, came forward in 2013.
She said she was at Stroud's home in St Bede's Crescent, Cambridge, after they had attended a rave with a friend of hers.
The rape took place in the early hours of March 4, 2012, after the victim had taken ketamine, supplied by Stroud, which had left her conscious but incapacitated.
Following that report, two further victims came forward and said they had been raped by Stroud after taking ketamine supplied by him. They were aged 21 and 17 at the time of the offences.
The 21-year-old was also sexually assaulted by Stroud, at a rave and also at his home.
Yesterday (May 14), Stroud was found guilty of three counts of rape, two sexual assaults and three counts of supplying a class C drug (ketamine).
He was sentenced to five years for each rape, to run consecutively, and lesser sentences for the drugs and sexual assault offences, all to run concurrently.
He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Sentencing, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: "During the course of the trial it became apparent that there was not a hint of remorse, nor did you have any real insight into the gravity of what you did.
"What occurred was you became a major supplier of ketamine, you attracted numerous young persons to your house for the purpose of buying and taking drugs.
"The use of ketamine is extremely damaging to one's health. You used your knowledge of the drug for your own sexual gratification; all that attended your house were vulnerable as they were addicted, and others were very young."
DC Jennie Scott, who investigated, said: "The victims were vulnerable due to their ages and the drugs they had consumed and Stroud took advantage.
"They were unable to fight him off or say no and the attacks only stopped when the effects of the drugs wore off.
"The sentence reflects the severity of these offences and I hope it gives the victims some comfort knowing that justice has been done.
"I would also like to praise the bravery of the victims, who found it extremely difficult to give evidence but did really well."