Portsmouth rapist jailed for five years

Rapist Harry Boswell
Rapist Harry Boswell
Police officers at Athena Avenue. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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  • Judge said rapist ‘took advantage’ of woman
  • He adds drunk women have same rights as all women
  • The 23-year-old wept in the dock
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RAPIST Harry Boswell has been jailed after taking advantage of a drunk woman.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Boswell, 23, raped the woman as she slept.

You may well have thought through arrogance or over-confidence you could get away with it

Judge Ian Pearson

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been drinking and had taken a drug before she was raped in Portsmouth last year.

Addressing Boswell, Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘You took advantage of a sleeping female who was significantly affected by alcohol.

‘You took advantage to rape her when she was asleep.

‘You may well have thought through arrogance or over-confidence you could get away with it.’

Boswell, of Clacton Road, Wymering, had denied raping the 22-year-old but was found guilty in a trial.

Mr Pearson jailed Boswell for five years, adding: ‘Very drunk females are entitled to the same rights as any other females.

‘You did try and lie your way out of it.

‘The jury rejected your claims that she fully consented.’

Dressed in a white shirt and black tie, Boswell wept in the dock during the hearing before being taken down.

Judge Pearson added: ‘The situation is that she was of course vulnerable because of the alcohol and drugs she had taken.

‘There’s no doubt these events had a significant effect on the victim.’

He added: ‘It’s not something that she’s been able to shrug off.’

Boswell must sign the sex offenders’ register.