A businessman has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of rape and other sexual offences.
Arun Yogachandran, 37, a French citizen from Gravesend, was today found guilty of five offences including rape against a woman after she repeatedly declined to have sex with him.
The victim was assaulted after he persuaded her to allow him to visit her flat in Cheshunt.
Prosecutor Peter Shaw stated that the victim had spoken to Yogachandran on Bumble, a dating app, when he asked to come to her home at 11.30pm.
She had made it clear that the invitation did not have any sexual intent and repeatedly made this clear when he was at her flat.
The woman shared that she had told Yogachandran that she did not want him to touch her, but this was completely ignored.
He kept inappropriately touching her without consent, and “would not take no for an answer.”
Yogachandran of Ferndale Road, Gravesend also asked her to give him oral sex, boasted about his past sexual experiences and followed her into the bedroom when she tried to escape him.
When she went into the main bedroom to try and go to sleep alone, he continued to touch her and raped her.
She reported the assault to the police the next day.
He was was convicted of rape, assault by penetration and three charges of sexual assault in St Albans crown court today.
The franchise business owner argued that she had instigated the sex, but this was found to be untrue in court.
In a victim personal statement that was shared in court, the victim said: “I feel torn down and belittled.
“The way I was portrayed was that I was asking for it because I had asked somebody to come to my home late at night. The defence made me out to be someone who would lie about rape.”
Yogachandran is a known sexual predator.
He has previously been convicted of attempted sexual assault in 2019 after pestering a woman on a train, and in 2016 he was convicted of harassment.
The defence attorney, Michael Haynes, argued that: “The defendant believed she was consenting. He had shown poor judgment.”
He highlighted Yogachandran’s business endeavours and charity work as evidence of his character.
Nonetheless, during sentencing Judge Michael Kay QC told Yogachandran he was guilty of “predatory sexual behaviour”, and said that he had sex in mind when he visited her.
Judge Kay QC said: “You regard yourself as a playboy – someone who has had many relationships with woman.
“You think you have charm which means no women could turn you down.”
Yogachandran was instructed to never contact the victim, and he is now a registered sex offender.