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Father of three jailed for life for raping women he met on match.com in Oakham

Jason Lawrence, 50, jailed for life. Photo credit should read: Derbyshire pPolice/PA Wire COURTS_Match_072683.JPG
Jason Lawrence, 50, jailed for life. Photo credit should read: Derbyshire pPolice/PA Wire COURTS_Match_072683.JPG

A father-of-three has been jailed for life after being found guilty of raping five women after meeting them on internet dating site match.com.

Jason Lawrance, described by police as a “sexual predator”, contacted thousands of women online and committed three sex attacks months after getting married to someone he met via the site.

The 50-year-old was also found guilty of attempting to rape and sexually assault two other women after chatting to them online.

Today, Thursday March 3, he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years and 6 months.

Derby Crown Court heard that in November 2014 Lawrance met up with a woman in an Oakham hotel.

He told her “this is what you want”, before tearing her top off and raping her.

The victim, aged 48, said in interview the one thing she remembers the most from the attack is the sweat from Lawrance dripping into her eyes.

Sentencing the 50-year-old for attacking seven women, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC told him: “I am convinced that you are devious, manipulative and highly dangerous to women.

“In my judgment these offences taken together - so many victims, the trail of terror and agony for which you are responsible - mean that the imposition of a sentence of imprisonment for life is fully justified.”

After stressing that the minimum term equated only to the earliest stage at which Lawrance could be considered for release, Judge Dickinson told the self-employed builder: “I am compelled to the dreadful conclusion that you enjoyed raping women.

“After these terrible crimes you acted as if nothing had happened.

“You have shown no remorse - zero appreciation of the seriousness of these offences - for the pain you have inflicted on these ladies, their families and their friends.

“Your aim was to get (the victims) into a compromising situation and then to do whatever you liked to them - anticipating that they would be too frightened or embarrassed to make a complaint, or that they would not be believed if they did come forward.”

Lawrance’s trial was told that the former company director texted one of his victims after attacking her, apologising for “hurting her” and saying: “When you were crying out for me to stop I couldn’t, I’m so mad at myself xxx.”

Explaining his decision to impose a life term, Judge Dickinson said: “There is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm occasioned by the commission by you of further offences.

“That phrase is taken from an Act of Parliament. In plain English - you are a danger to women.

“Given the chance, you will rape again. I do not know when it may be safe to release you into the community.

“A sentence of life imprisonment means that you will not be released unless and until the Parole Board considers that it is safe to do so.”

In a statement issued after the hearing, match.com said: “Having worked with the police on this case for more than a year, we welcome the jury’s verdict and today’s sentence.

“We are very sorry for those affected, and appalled by these terrible acts. Sadly, there is a tiny minority of people who set out to harm others.

“While this is not confined to dating sites or even the internet, those who do so should be convicted and sentenced, as has happened in this case.

“Our members’ safety is our highest priority.”

Match.com added that it was committed to working with the dating industry as a whole to raise standards and ensure the best possible protection and support for its users.

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