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Woman Who Tried to Trick Men in Chatrooms Into Raping Her Former Co-Worker Sentenced to Six Years in Jail

| by Lisa Fogarty

A 30-year-old woman who used online chatrooms to try and get a stranger to rape one of her former co-workers has been sentenced to six years in jail, reports BBC News.

Joanne Berry, who is from London, admitted that she enjoys rape fantasies and used Internet chat rooms to meet men who would role-play with her and act out their violent scenarios in real life. But the woman didn’t provide her address, and instead gave out the address of a former work colleague whom a judge believes Berry feels was responsible for her losing her job.

One of the men whom Berry chatted up online, who went by the name “DH,” reportedly attempted to force his way into her coworker’s home, but stopped dead in his tracks when he realized she wasn’t a willing participant.

Judge David Griffith-Jones QC says Berry had an “irrational vendetta” against the woman and that she had never been anything but kind to her, reports The Guardian.

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

“That (the victim) was not in fact raped or seriously assaulted is entirely fortuitous,” Griffith-Jones QC said.

He called Berry’s behavior wicked and allowed part of the victim impact statement to be read aloud in court. The woman reportedly shared that she now suffers from panic attacks as a result of the incident and that she refuses to sit out in her garden and feels anxious when someone knocks on her door.

Berry was convicted of putting a person in fear of violence, assault with the intention of committing a sexual offense, common assault and attempting to cause a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Source: BBC News, The Guardian

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