Man guilty of drugging victim for sex attack

Barry Fradgley was convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court
Barry Fradgley was convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court

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A MAN has been convicted of using a cocktail of drugs to stupefy a woman so he could sexually assault her.

Barry Fradgley, 44, drugged his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with powerful sleeping pills and tranquilisers before attacking her.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the victim would have had no idea what was happening.

Now Fradgley has been found guilty of four counts of administering a substance with intent to stupefy or overpower a woman to enable him to engage in sexual activity with her in unanimous verdicts following a trial.

A jury also unanimously found him guilty of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, two counts of voyeurism and perverting the course of justice.

The crimes took place between 2011 and 2013.

Fradgley had said while giving evidence that the victim was lying.

He claimed he had not sexually assaulted her, but that he had discovered someone else had.

Evidence of sleeping pills zopiclone, doxylamine and zolpidem and sedative diazepam, which is also known as Valium were found in hair samples taken from the victim.

Forensic toxicology expert Dr Graham Mould said zolpidem and diazepam were detected from April to July last year and the doxylamine and zopiclone were found in a hair sample taken in July last year.

The victim was not prescribed the drugs and Dr Mould told the court he concluded they were given to her without her knowledge, he told the court. He added that the combination of all four drugs would produce, at his suggestion, ‘excessive sedation and amnesia’.

When Fradgley’s then-Southsea home was searched last summer, police seized a laptop computer on which the search history on it, under a profile set up under the name ‘Barry’ included the term ‘date rape’.

Police later found notes that included names of different drugs including zolpidem and diazepam among other evidence.

Fradgley was remanded in custody.

He is due to be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court later this month.