“If a person does not consent to sexual activity and the perpetrator does not reasonably believe they are consenting, that is an offense, regardless of how the victim meets the perpetrator, or how well they know each other”
The above words seem to be lost to men like 50 year-old rapist, Jason Lawrance, who forcefully had sex with five women and assaulted two more victims he had met on top British dating site Match.com.
Lawrance admitted he was a philandering cheat who loved sex. His atrocities began in 2011, peaking in 2014. He even raped a woman three months after getting married.
Lawrance who said, ‘I believe it is called ‘playing the field. I like ladies and I like sex. He married his present wife (whom he had also met on Match.com) in July 2014. The same year his sexual-assault spree spiraled.
Like most of the rapist victims, his wife also fit his MO. Physically petite, widowed – she lost her partner in a motorcycle accident – heartbroken and looking for love, Jason Lawrance probably trawled her on Match.com while simultaneously stalking through the profiles of other women.
He has three children from his long-term partner of 23 years, Fiona Lloyd (though they never married) who resides in one of his luxury homes in Hinckley. His current wife is a 51 year-old mother of one.
Lawrance’s victims who ranged form the ages of 40-50 were either widowed or divorced and sought companionship via the dating site Match.com.
Jason Lawrance who was a successful property developer had charm, was conventionally masculine, capable and confident; these women found these qualities appealing, only to their detriment.
Senior crown prosecutor at the CPS East Midlands rape and serious sexual offenses team said in a statement: “Jason Lawrance is a dangerous sexual predator. He has gone from victim to victim, targeting them through online dating sites. Nobody should feel that meeting people through a dating site means that they are consenting to any sexual activity. If a person does not consent to sexual activity and the perpetrator does not reasonably believe they are consenting, that is an offense, regardless of how the victim meets the perpetrator, or how well they know each other”.
He was unanimously found guilty by a jury, Thursday, after a two-and-a-half week trial at Derby Crown Court. He has already served 425 days out of his minimum ‘twelve-and-a-half sentence.
Detective Chief Inspector Allison Rigby who led the police investigation said: “The length of the sentence today reflects the severity of his crimes and I am pleased that we have been able to achieve justice for the victims. The life sentence he has been given means that he may never be released. It is important to remember that seven women were abused by Lawrance — and they had to relive their ordeals in court in front of strangers”.
Testimony by his victims as submitted to Dailymail
First victim, 2011:
Jason Lawrance’s first victim was a divorced mother of two who met him via Match in April 2011, when she was 54. The pair exchanged mobile numbers and private email addresses and went on four dates, enjoying drinks at country pubs and never sharing more than a goodbye kiss. However, the court heard their final meeting was traumatic. The attack took place in June in a field after they arranged to meet in Crick, Northants. To the woman’s surprise, Lawrance arrived in his builder’s van. He pounced after luring her into the back on the pretense of inspecting bunk beds he said he had built for his children.
She did not report him to police but did call his local police station 18 months later when he messaged her under a different username on the website.
Second victim, 2013:
He met his second victim – a Lincolnshire woman – through Match in July 2013. After exchanging ‘banter’ online that evening, Lawrance asked if he could drive the 60 miles to her home to meet her in person. She agreed and, after enjoying a pub meal together, they returned to her home. She took the precaution of asking her 18-year-old son to stay in. Lawrance was allowed to stay the night, as long as he slept on the sofa. But the woman told the jury she woke up to find him on top of her with her underwear missing. She was able to shout for her son – and Jason Lawrance fled.
She reported the incident to Match, the charity Women’s Aid and Lincolnshire Police. Lawrance was arrested but released without charge. ‘I said no but he would not listen’.
Third victim, 2013:
A 52-year-old company director, yet another Match customer, became Jason Lawrance’s third victim in November 2013. After exchanging texts and phone calls, they met in a coffee shop in Buxton, Derbyshire. The woman said Lawrance made her laugh by poking his tongue through serviettes. They went back to her home where Lawrance made advances – but left after she said she did not want to go any further on a first date. However, the pair did arrange to meet again – and Lawrance drove to her house to stay overnight.
They had consensual sex but the next morning Lawrance raped her in her bed despite her ‘hysterical screams’ and pleas. She told the court: ‘I was saying ‘No, no, no’, but he would just not listen. ‘The frenzy he was in he could have killed me and he would not have known it until after he’d had his satisfaction.’
The woman was too embarrassed to tell police. She told the court she phoned Match within 48 hours of the incident – demanding he be banned – but ‘they did not seem to give a damn’. She confided in a solicitor friend, who contacted detectives with details of the rape for ‘intelligence purposes’, without naming her.
Fourth victim, 2014:
She was a woman, 40, from Ashbourne, Derbys, who he met via Match and sexually assaulted in February 2014. The pair arranged to meet in a hotel car park near East Midlands Airport, then drove to a nearby country park in the woman’s car. During the walk he repeatedly asked her for kiss, but she refused because she didn’t find him attractive, telling him to ‘concentrate his efforts on older women’. Back at the hotel, Lawrance again asked for a kiss and became aggressive when the woman asked him to go away. She said he leant over from the passenger seat and tried to kiss her then grabbed her right breast, before reaching for her car keys and removing them from the ignition. He threw them on the floor between her legs – but she managed to push him away and he left.
On the way home, the woman stopped in a lay-by and told a friend what happened. She then called Match to report him. They didn’t do anything.
Fifth victim, 2014:
Lawrance attacked a 44-year-old mother in October 2014 – only three months after getting married to a woman he met on Match. They had agreed to meet at a hotel in St Ives, Cambs, after connecting on the website. He booked a room where they had consensual sex before a walk and a meal together. When the woman asked to use the toilet in the hotel room before her drive home to Norfolk, he tore off her tights, pinned her to the bed and raped her. She told the court: ‘He put his knee into my groin area and slapped my face. He tied my hands behind my back and bit my lip. I kept saying ‘No, please, don’t’. I was crying. He bit my breasts and put his hand over my mouth. I did not think I would be able to breath. I thought he was going to kill me.’
The woman, who fled when Jason Lawrance went to the toilet, told the court: ‘I don’t understand how someone can go from being so nice and normal and turn into some kind of monster within an hour or two.’ The next day she attended a medical centre in Norfolk with injuries to her neck, breasts and waist, which were photographed by staff. A DNA swab was also taken.
Sixth victim, 2014:
A month later, in November 2014, Lawrance attacked his sixth victim, 56, at a hotel in Oakham, Rutland.
The court heard she was new to dating, and the pair exchanged intimate text messages before agreeing to meet at the hotel.
However, when Lawrance arrived the woman said she wasn’t attracted to him and realised she had made a ‘massive mistake’. But she did agree ‘out of politeness’ to eat a picnic and share a dance. Later he forced her on to the hotel bed, telling her: ‘This is what you want’.
The woman said Lawrance raped her before tying her arms to the bed and continuing the attack. His endless sweating stung her eyes.
She managed to escape but did not report him to police. She was contacted by detectives investigating his dating history.
Seventh victim, 2014:
Lawrance’s final victim was a 49-year-old north Derbyshire widow he’d been seeing behind his wife’s back.
In November 2014 he went to her home and said he ‘had to love her again’, despite her protestations that she had a new partner. He forced her over a sofa and raped her. I was pleading with him to stop but he said ‘This is going to happen, stop struggling’. He pushed his weight down on my chest, I could not breathe, I was panicking. He said to me ‘If you promise not to struggle I will let you breathe’. ‘I decided that I was not going to be able to fight him off so the best thing was just to give in. I turned my face away and said ‘Get on with it then’.’ After the attack ended, Jason Lawrance asked his victim for a cup of tea before leaving when she told him to go.
The woman said that – because she was in a new relationship – her intention was to ‘carry on as nothing had happened’. But when two friends called round shortly afterward, she broke down and told them what had happened. At that point the police were called in and Lawrance’s crimes were finally exposed.