Teenager was gang-raped on her 16th birthday after her drink was laced with cocaine
- Prince Irving, 28, traveled to a party in Cardiff, Wales ‘with the intention of having sex’
- The court heard that he raped a 16-year-old girl in the event to which the drink had been added
- Irving denied being raped or going to Cardiff, but his DNA was found on the victim
- He was sentenced to 13 years in jail and placed on the sex offender registry for life.
A teenage girl was gang-raped on her 16th birthday after being given a drink laced with cocaine and woke up to find men assaulting her.
The victim attended a party in Cardiff in 2019 and was taken advantage of by rapist Prince Irving and others and added a Class A drug to her drink, causing her to pass out.
After his arrest, Irving, 28, claimed he had never been to Cardiff, but a swab taken from the victim was found to have a positive match to his DNA.
The girl, who has remained anonymous for life, said she would remember the attack every time she celebrated a birthday.
A sentencing hearing at Newport Crown Court heard yesterday that the defendant traveled from his London home with others to attend the party in a rented flat and was described by Judge Daniel Williams as “with the intent to have sex.”
A 16-year-old girl who attended a party in Cardiff was taken advantage of by rapist Prince Irving, 28, and others who added the Class A drug to her drink that caused her to lose consciousness, the Crown Court of London heard. Newport.
The judge added: ‘When they met [the victim] his intention, which was shared by others, was to have sex with her whether she wanted to or not. I am satisfied by the evidence that you knew her age well.
‘You were to some extent under the influence of drink and drugs and they gave him a drink of alcohol with cocaine.
The effect on her was almost immediate and she began to pass out. Her next memory was waking up in the bedroom and being raped by one of her group.
‘Other members of his group, when the rape was taking place, came into the bedroom to watch. Then how [the victim] Put it on, you swapped with the first man and raped her. She screamed in pain as you raped her and told you to stop, but you didn’t. Your response was a vile boast that she couldn’t handle it.
The court was informed that a third man planned to rape the victim, but an uproar on the floor prevented this from happening. As a result of the rape, the girl suffered significant bleeding.
In a personal statement from the victim read to the court by prosecutor Matthew Cobbe, the woman said the rape had limited her ability to lead a normal life.
She said: ‘I went out to celebrate my birthday and ended up in the middle of a nightmare. Every year that I celebrate my birthday will be the anniversary of my attack. ‘
The girl also said her GCSE exams were affected and she didn’t think her results reflected her potential.
Irving was sentenced to 13 years in jail and subjected to lifetime sex offender notification requirements.
She added: ‘I already have little social life and my self-confidence is very low. I am too eager to go out at night and am reluctant to leave the safety of the house and spend time in my bedroom …
Sometimes I feel like the memory of the attack fades a bit, but something triggers a flashback and I’m back where I started.
Nightmares are also a problem and they remind me of that night.
‘The incident has left me extremely cautious around men and I’m not even considering forming a relationship. It will take some time before you regain that confidence. It pains me to see the effect on my family: it has caused stress and anguish to all the members for whom I feel irrationally responsible.
‘I don’t feel sorry for my attacker. He is responsible for the pain he has caused me and my family and nothing will restore things to normal. ‘
Irving, of The Crossway in Wealdstone, Harrow, denied raping the victim and initially claimed that he had never been to Cardiff, but was found guilty after a trial.
Andreas O’Shea said that his client was the father of two children and that the youngest was born 10 days ago, but that the defendant missed the birth after the trial.
In sentencing, Judge Williams said the defendant was “high risk” for young women in a social setting.
He added: ‘[The victim] he was subjected to both degradation and humiliation and the rapes were treated as entertainment for others on the floor. It was a sustained incident and involved her being raped twice and threatened with a third.
‘She was vulnerable. She was a very young woman a few days after childhood and she was incapacitated without being able to do anything because of the drugs she took without knowing it. ”
Irving was sentenced to 13 years in jail and did so subject to lifetime sex offender notification requirements.