Cirencester man Michael Hughes jailed for six years for raping female friend

A WEDDING best man who lured a lesbian friend to his luxury hotel room and raped her on the four poster bed was jailed for six years today.

Cirencester man Michael Hughes, 23, had told the woman he wanted to show her how 'lush' his room was at the Clearwell Castle wedding venue in the Forest of Dean.

But when he got her into the room he locked the door behind her, pushed her back onto the bed and pounced, forcing himself on her.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the woman, who has life-limiting health problems and was described as 'vulnerable', had been devastated by the attack.

Predator Hughes went on to make unwelcome sexual advances to another woman at the party shortly after the rape.

Jailing Hughes, of Bowling Green Crescent, Judge Jamie Tabor QC told him: "What you did that night was despicable. I have no doubt that drink disinhibited you to an extent.

"And I am as certain as I can be that cocaine fuelled your inherent arrogance."

The judge said the rape had been a breach of trust and was 'every bit as serious as the man who pulls women off the street whom he doesn't know and has sexual intercourse with them.'

As well as jailing Hughes for six years the judge also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.

The judge also ordered that when Hughes is released from prison on parole he should undergo a sex offender treatment programme.

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