Convicted rapist fails to clear name

Rolf Humphrys
Rolf Humphrys

A MEMBER of a charitable organisation jailed for raping a teenage girl has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.

Rolf Rollo Stephan Humphrys was secretary of the Eastbourne branch of the Buffaloes, when he committed the sickening sex attack on the 15-year-old victim, London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard.

The 46-year-old, from Edmund Close, was jailed for eight years at Lewes Crown Court in March, after being found guilty of rape by a majority verdict.

He was cleared of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration, which he was alleged to have committed against the same victim.

Humphrys launched a bid to challenge his conviction, with his lawyers arguing it was “unsafe” because the jury’s verdicts were “inconsistent”.

But his appeal was dismissed by top judges, who said there was a “logical explanation” for the jury to convict him of rape and clear him of the other three charges.

Mr Justice Owen, sitting with Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, heard that Humphrys committed the rape during 2009, when he was secretary of the Eastbourne branch of the Buffaloes.

When he was arrested in December the same year, he admitted to police that he had had sex with the girl, but claimed that she initiated it.

His lawyers argued his rape conviction should be overturned, because the jury’s guilty verdict on that charge was “inconsistent” with his acquittal on the other counts.

But, dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Owen said different considerations applied to each of the charges and there was “no logical inconsistency” in the verdicts.