'Sexual predator' who raped two Tinder dates is jailed for 12 years

‘Sexual predator’, 26, who raped two Tinder dates is jailed for 12 years – after telling one of victim he ‘simply did not care’ if he got caught by police

  • Prince Darkwa used Tinder to date his victims in October and November last year
  • One victim expressed concerns about his behaviour in several text messages
  • Another was raped after he insisted on accompanying her back to her home
  • Darkwa was convicted of two counts of rape after an eight-day trial in May 

A ‘sexual predator’ who raped two women he met on Tinder has been jailed for 12 years.

Prince Darkwa, 26, used the popular app to date his victims in October and November last year.

One victim expressed concerns about Darkwa’s behaviour in a number of text messages to one of her friends within minutes of meeting up with him.

Another victim reported being raped after he insisted on accompanying her back to her home address where they both began drinking, Guilford Crown Court heard.

She said the next thing she remembered was waking up with Darkwa smiling at her and stroking her face. She was bleeding and was in a lot of pain.

Darkwa, of Yeomans Lane, Blackwater, Camberley, was convicted of two counts of rape after an eight-day trial in May.

He was cleared by the jury of raping a third woman.

Prince Darkwa (above), 26, of Yeomans Lane, Blackwater, Camberley, was convicted of two counts of rape after an eight-day trial in May

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: ‘He was initially arrested on October 6, 2021, when one of the victims came forward to report that Darkwa had raped her at her home address after they had met on Tinder. Darkwa was interviewed and released from custody the following day.

‘On November 5, 2021, police received a further report of rape in which the second victim alleged that she had been out for dinner with Darkwa on October 18, 2021, after which he insisted on accompanying her back to her home address where they both began drinking.

‘The victim said that the next thing she remembered was waking up with Darkwa smiling at her and stroking her face. She was bleeding and was in a lot of pain.

‘The victim said she had initially been reluctant to come forward because she had been unconscious when Darkwa forced himself on her and so had doubted her own belief of what had happened.’

Sally Lakin from the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘This is a truly appalling case where the defendant demonstrated a horrifying pattern of entitlement.

‘Darkwa is a sexual predator, who manipulated the situation to intimidate and control his victims in order to rape them.

One victim expressed concerns about Darkwa’s behaviour in a number of text messages to one of her friends within minutes of meeting up with him, Guilford Crown Court (pictured) heard

‘It wasn’t that Darkwa didn’t know his victims weren’t consenting, to the contrary, he was left in no doubt that the sex was not consensual, even asking one of his victims if he would get a visit from the police. He simply did not care.’

Detective Constable Alastair Bagshaw from the Sexual Offences Investigation Team (SOIT), who investigated the offences, said: ‘Darkwa is a sexual predator who deliberately targeted women on dating sites with the sole purpose of meeting up with them for sex.

‘Whether or not they consented to this was irrelevant to him.

‘The prison sentence he has received today will ensure that he will be behind bars and will not be able to do this to anyone else.

‘I hope that this will also give him time to reflect on his attitude towards women and his perceived entitlement when it comes to sexual activity.

‘Both women expressed reservations about coming forward and reporting this to police, but they must be commended for having the courage and strength to speak out and ensure that Darkwa was brought to justice for his vile and predatory behaviour.’

Darkwa was jailed for 12 years and will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.

A restraining order was also issued preventing him from approaching his victims for an indefinite period.

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