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Rapist Romeo Cummins jailed after filming victims

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image captionPolice found more than 100 videos with footage of the assaults on Romeo Cummins' phone

A rapist who filmed himself attacking "unconscious" women has been jailed for 13 and a half years.

Romeo Cummins, 44, of Basingstoke, Hampshire, admitted 16 counts of rape, one sexual assault and five drugs offences at Winchester Crown Court.

Police said he filmed the attacks while the victims "were in an unconscious state" and he had more than 100 videos of them on his phone.

He was arrested in possession of crack cocaine, heroin and sleeping tablets.

Cummins, of Fountains Close, was arrested after he was stopped and searched in Aldershot in February.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "It was clear from the footage that the women might not have known they had been sexually assaulted."

The attacks took place over the last three years.

'Completely withdrawn'

One of the victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said she felt "completely numb and sick" when she found out what had happened to her.

"I went through a whole range of unpleasant feelings in the space of five minutes.

"Since then I have completely withdrawn. I would like to say I have stayed strong but it's been a difficult few months."

Det Con Paul Jarrett said Cummins "preyed upon vulnerable females convincing them he had their best interests at heart".

He said: "Nothing could have been further from the truth, with him abusing their trust to sexually assault and film what he had done to them, whilst they were in an unconscious state."

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