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18 December 2018, 14:18 | Updated: 18 December 2018, 14:23
A photographer from Bristol who tricked men into taking part in photoshoots at his home, so he could drug and sexually assault them, has been convicted of more offences.
Nigel Wilkinson was found guilty of nine offences against six men after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.
The 45 year old, formerly of Hill Avenue in Windmill Hill, was convicted of one count of rape, five counts of administering stupefying drugs and three counts of voyeurism.
He was jailed for 11 and a half years in 2016 after admitting two counts of rape, three counts of administering a substance with intent to rape and possession of class C drugs.
He has now been convicted of further offences against a total of nine men between 2014 and 2016.
DI Larisa Hunt, who has led the latest investigation into Nigel Wilkinson, said: These new convictions have further exposed the true extent and nature of Wilkinson’s offending, which has undoubtedly caused severe and lasting damage to his victims.
“He used his pseudo business Wilko Photography to attract men interested in fitness modelling, sometimes posing as a fictitious person called Simon as part of his efforts to make his operation seem more credible and trustworthy.
“He would contact men via social media to arrange a photoshoot in Bristol, offering them a fee and expenses and encouraging them to stay over at his house, where he’d set up a makeshift studio. He would then ply them with drinks laced with sedatives.
“We’ve been able to prove with some of the victims that this was a pre-curser offence to allow him to rape or sexually assault them and in many cases he’d take photos of them within the photoshoot which they did not consent to.
“Following the publicity surrounding the last trial in 2016, two men contacted us as they were concerned they may also be victims and through a thorough and exhaustive examination of his phone records, social media profiles and website we were able to identify another five further victims.
“We did speak to further men who’d been photographed by Wilkinson but they didn’t want to be part of our investigation. We respected their wishes and referred them to support services.
“This has been a nationwide investigation with victims coming from London, Leeds, Cardiff, Newport, Northampton, Wiltshire, Kent and Gloucester. One of his victims now lives in New Zealand and gave evidence to the court via a videolink.
“Some of the victim’s testimony in this trial was supported by evidence from their friends and family who witnessed the after-effects of the drugs they’d been administered. In one case, a member of the public was so worried about the welfare of one of the victims, she used his phone to text his brother to express her concerns.
“As part of our painstaking investigation, we’ve had to examine tens of thousands of photographs, emails and social media messages, as well as downloads from phones, computer and camera equipment, to identify victims and offences.
“Our priority has been to seek justice for all of his victims, but the unescapable truth is some of them will never know whether they were raped or sexually assaulted by Nigel Wilkinson.
“I’d like to personally thank each of them for their courage and willingness to support our investigation despite the emotional and psychological toll this has had on their lives.”