Man who drugged woman for sex jailed for 8 years

A man who drugged a woman in order to have sexual intercourse with her has been jailed for eight years at Woolwich Crown Court.

David Watson

David Watson, 33, of Paddle Steamer House, Pettacre Close SE28 was on 2nd May 2013 found guilty of administering a substance with the intent to stupefy/overpower to allow sexual intercourse. He was found not guilty of rape.

The court heard how on 15th April 2012, Watson gave his victim a drink with drugs with the intention of attacking her. Both parties were known to each other.

A short while after consuming the drink, the victim began to feel unwell and went to bed. Watson then had sexual intercourse with the woman as she lay helpless on the bed. Following tests it transpired that Watson had laced the drink with the drug MDMA with the intent of rendering the victim helpless while he carried out his attack.

DC Ricky Norman of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Sapphire Command led the investigation. He said: “This was a pre-meditated attack on a young woman who was left helpless by the drug Watson had spiked her drink with.

“David Watson is a calculating and controlling individual who refused to admit to his actions. He will be on the sex offenders register for life after a lengthy prison sentence – and rightly so.”

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Thomas of the Sapphire Command added: “The victim has gone through a harrowing experience but with support has ensured Watson’s actions were punished by the court.

“I urge others who have been the victim of sexual offences to come forward and tell us what has happened to them. There are specially trained officers and other agencies that can provide advice and assistance and ensure those responsible for such crimes are put before the courts and dealt with appropriately.”