‘Woman drugged and then sexually assaulted by man’

Barry Fradgley is on trial at Portsmouth Crown Court
Barry Fradgley is on trial at Portsmouth Crown Court

Cross-county thief facing six and a half years in jail

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A MAN used a cocktail of drugs to ‘stupefy’ a woman so he could sexually assault her, a court heard.

Barry Fradgley is accused of drugging the alleged 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.

Fradgley denies four counts of administering a substance with intent to stupefy or overpower a woman to enable him to engage in sexual activity with her.

The 44-year-old also denies sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, two counts of voyeurism and perverting the course of justice.

Philip Meredith, prosecuting, said: ‘There are four different types of drugs – sedative drugs – that were found in the complainant’s system which the crown say were administered by Mr Fradgley during that period to stupefy her or drug her to the extent that she wouldn’t know what was going on and wouldn’t know what would happen to her.’

The court traces of the drugs – sleeping pills zopiclone, doxylamine and zolpidem and sedative diazepam, which is also known as valium.

Mr Meredith told a jury of 12 they would hear from an expert whose opinion ‘shows the drugs would have been administered between March and July of last year.’

He added: ‘The crown’s case is that they were being administered, one way or another, much earlier, but that was the snapshot of the hair sample that the complainant gave, and in combination the expert opinion, is they would have had a profound sedative effect, together with amnesia – memory loss.’

The court heard that when Fradgley’s then home in Southsea was searched last summer, year, police found the drugs zopiclone, diazepam and zolpidem.

Officer seized a laptop computer which was later analysed.

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.

The nine offences Fradgley, whose address is given as Winchester Prison, is accused of are alleged to have taken place between 2011 and 2013.