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Chatline rapist jailed for 7 years

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A man who raped a 'lonely and vulnerable' woman who he met through a telephone chatline service was jailed for seven years yesterday. Gary Pond, 27, of Brixton, south London, went to the 22-year-old woman's flat in nearby Norwood minutes after she gave him her address on the chatline in August last year.

He won her confidence by taking her out on dates, but then involved her in an illegal credit card racket. On 22 September he raped her for losing a credit card, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.