Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Woman jailed for six years over rape plot

By Tom Pugh

Published 09/08/2014

Online plot: Joanne Berry
Online plot: Joanne Berry

A woman who used sex chatrooms to try to trick strangers into raping a former work colleague has been jailed for six years.

Joanne Berry (30) posed as the ex-colleague online and invited men to act out rape fantasies. Judge David Griffith-Jones QC said Berry may have blamed the victim after she lost her job.

After Berry disclosed her ex-colleague's address online, one man tried to barge his way in to the woman's home to act out the rape. When he realised they had been set up, he stopped, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Berry, who has one child and is from Grove Park, south-east London, was convicted in May of putting a person in fear of violence.

She was also convicted of committing an assault with the intention of committing a sexual offence, common assault and attempting to cause a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

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