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Man convicted for raping Bournemouth grandmother
12:00pm Sunday 29th July 2012 in News
A rapist who subjected a Bournemouth grandmother to a terrifying ordeal in her own home has been found guilty by a jury.
Paul Bailey bolted the door so his victim couldn’t escape, then raped her twice, a trial at Bournemouth Crown court was told.
Bailey, 49, who is also known as Paul Wheatley, denied three charges of rape and one of false imprisonment.
The jury of seven men and five women found him not guilty of one of the rapes but guilty of the other offences.
In recorded interviews played in court, the victim said she was “mortally terrified” by the incident on February 26 this year and added: “It was quite horrendous. It all felt very, very degrading and horrible.
“I could feel myself not being able to breathe.”
The victim, who can not be named for legal reasons, said Bailey told her she would not see her children again if she screamed and added: “I felt I was fighting for my life – it shocked me tremendously.
“He was stronger than me and he overpowered me. I couldn’t risk leaving my children. When he left it was such a relief, I was glad to be alive.”
Bailey will appear in court again on Thursday August 23 for sentence.