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Man leaves sleeping fiancée to rape her best-friend in the guest room

A woman was happily looking forward to her best friend’s wedding – Only to be raped by the groom-to-be – but what hurt her the most, was that her friend (the bride) shunned her for exposing the rape and went ahead with her wedding…

The victim, who has been friends with the bride from their university days, and thought their friendship would be a lifelong bond, said she was crushed, when her friend went ahead with the wedding, three weeks before the rapist’s trial date.

She said:

“I was meant to be a bridesmaid at her wedding.

“We were meant to have children at similar times and raise them together. I only said something in the first place to try to protect April.

“I couldn’t have stood in church on her wedding day knowing what had happened and that it would most probably happen again.”

According to the report, the attack happened at Howard’s home following a night out in Darlington, County Durham. He left the bed he shared with fiancee April and went to the room next door to rape her friend.

His terrified victim, a professional woman now aged 26, tried to call her boyfriend after the attack but his phone was switched off – She went to the hospital alone, where nurses contacted the police.

Sadly, the victim’s boyfriend took his own life because he felt partly responsible for what had happened, he had turned his phone off that night. She said:

“He never forgave himself for that. He always worried every time I went somewhere and wouldn’t sleep if I went out, it put a strain on us.”

“He committed suicide a few months after we broke up.

“Even though there were multiple things contributing to this it had quite an effect on him. He was always my rock and supported me through everything. I feel this is partly my fault.

“The rape made me a nightmare girlfriend. He shouldn’t have had to deal with anything like this.”

When Howard was arrested, he concocted what was described in court as a “ludicrous, cold-blooded and insulting” story to explain how his DNA was found on intimate swabs from his victim.

He claimed she had found a sex toy he had used weeks earlier, hidden in a drawer in the room where she stayed – and had used it to leave the evidence, acting out of jealousy over his relationship.

April, the victim’s friend, married Howard(the rapist), a graduate from the Sandhurst military academy, in a lavish wedding last month and sobbed at the court as he was found guilty after a four-day trial.

The victim told of how all her future plans had been wiped out by the attack in February last year, she added:

“I was ready to buy my own house but don’t feel confident enough to be by myself.

“It sounds silly but I am frightened someone will come and get me again and no one will know. I had a job I loved, a strong relationship, a bright future.

“Now I feel damaged and broken. My sister is a lot more protective of me – I’m supposed to be her big sister.”
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