A rapist who attacked a vulnerable young girl after meeting her in a bar has been jailed.
Convicted drug dealer Valentine Livingston persuaded his teenage victim to return home with a group of friends for a party.
However, CCTV footage of a takeaway pizza showed how the victim was ‘deadly drunk’ and in no condition to consent to sex, Teesside Crown Court heard.
The 35-year-old raped the woman in her bed before hiding her underwear under her mattress after taking advantage of her while they were at Spensley’s nightclub on Albert Road, Middlesbrough, in July 2017.
The court heard during Livingston’s trial how the victim woke up in bed without his underwear and in pain.
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During his testimony, he acknowledged that they had had sex, but insisted that he stop when she asked him to.
Recorder Peter Hampton jailed Livingston to eight years in prison after he was found guilty of rape in December last year.
“At the time of the offense she was in Middlesbrough town center like a lot of people,” he said. “During the night, she consumed alcohol, she got drunk, like many young people.
“This young girl, incapable as she was, should have been treated, she should have been treated. Unfortunately, she had to cross your path.
The court had heard that she had fallen from a stool in a pizzeria before being taken back to her apartment.
“A witness said – ‘she was deadly drunk; she was everywhere, she could barely stand or walk in a straight line”. Back at your apartment she went to bed, to sleep but you followed her – you raped her,” he added.
“It was predatory behavior and it was motivated by a sense of sexual entitlement that you possessed at the time of the offence. You had no idea of the victim, of the impact it would have on her, and you only intended to satisfy your own sexual desires.
Praising the courage of the victim, he added: “She had to wait more than four years for the trial to take place, she showed great courage, dignity and resilience in enduring this unacceptable delay and the witnessing experience.
“I make the same observations about the other witnesses who came to court to testify.”
Livingston, of Avondale Gardens, Dyke House, Hartlepool, formerly of Middlesbrough, has denied two counts of rape – claiming the sex was consensual each time.
He was acquitted of raping a second woman who said she smoked skunk in her apartment after a night out, before falling asleep in Livingston’s bed.
Paul Abrahams, by way of mitigation, said his client has cleaned up his lifestyle since the rape happened in 2017 and is due to be a father again later this year.
Livingston was also subject to an indefinite injunction to protect both plaintiffs.
Speaking after the hearing, investigator Detective Sergeant Lizzie Stubbs said: ‘I welcome the sentence handed down today and hope it brings some comfort to the victim who has shown great courage throughout the investigation and the legal process.
“Livingston took advantage of a vulnerable teenager and is clearly a danger.
“Anyone who is a victim of rape or any type of sexual abuse can rest assured that they can report confidentially to the Cleveland police.”
“We have specially trained agents and we also work closely with local specialist agencies; together, we will handle your report with sensitivity and thoroughness, while providing you with any support you may need.
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