Plenty of Fish dating site rapist jailed

Dave Wilby Image copyright Norfolk Police
Image caption Dave Wilby's victim had refused to meet him for a drink

A man who raped a mother in her own home after contacting her on dating website Plenty of Fish has been jailed for 12 years.

Dave Wilby, 35, went to the address in Swaffham, Norfolk, after she had refused to meet him for a drink.

He pushed his way inside and attacked the woman while her children were upstairs, hours after first exchanging messages online.

Wilby, of Montagu Close, Swaffham, had denied rape but was found guilty.

He had described himself as a "nice, honest, decent guy" on his profile, police said.

The two had been chatting on the site during the afternoon of 28 December when Wilby suggested they meet for a drink.

The victim refused, but Wilby continued to message and, at around 19:00 GMT in the evening, he knocked at the front door and said "It's me from Plenty of Fish."

She asked him to leave on a number of occasions but he eventually raped her in the lounge.

He left the house after being disturbed by one of the victim's children who had been upstairs.

'Horrendous attack'

Wilby was arrested the following day and was found guilty at Norwich Crown Court in July following a five-day trial.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Det Con Amy Beck from Norfolk Police said: "This was a horrendous attack on a woman who was in the safety of her own home.

"It has had a profound impact on the victim who had no intention of meeting with Wilby that evening.

"What makes this case even more shocking is the fact Wilby committed the offence knowing the victim's children were upstairs

"Such a stranger attack is extremely rare in Norfolk and we would like to commend the victim for the bravery she has shown throughout this investigation."

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