Vile Sean Robinson: Woman raped by stranger to save life of man she was on a first date with

After knocking a man she was on a first date with unconscious, a vicious teenage rapist told his victim, “If you come and have sex with me, I will not kill him,” before dragging her into a bush and raping her.

A prosecutor told a court that “she decided, in order to save his life and protect herself, she would have to agree to have sex with him.” Vile Sean Robinson has been jailed for the relentless attack in which he threatened the female victim with killing her companion if she didn’t do what he said.

Vile Sean Robinson: Woman raped by stranger to save life of man she was on a first date with
Sean Robinson, 18, was jailed for five years for the abominable attack on a couple on their first date

The man and woman were walking home from an enjoyable first date night in Sunderland when Robinson, who was 17 at the time, ambushed them and savagely attacked the man in an onslaught that left him covered in blood.

Robinson, now 18, then dragged the woman into some bushes, telling her to “stop crying like a baby” while raped her, and threatening to kill the man if she didn’t.

Robinson allegedly told the victim, “If you come and have sex with me, I will not kill him,” according to the evidence presented at Newcastle Crown Court.

On Tuesday, the defendant pleaded guilty to rape and assault, with the court hearing that the “abominable” ordeal had left both deeply traumatized.

Jane Waugh, prosecuting, told the court the victim, who is in her 20s, had been out on a first date in Sunderland in the summer of 2021 and the two were walking home afterwards when two lads they didn’t know came up behind them and started shouting.

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One of them, Robinson, then “launched himself” at the man in an unprovoked attack, punching him several times.

The victim told him “mate I don’t want to fight” and he and the woman tried to get away from the scene close to Sunderland University.

But Robinson chased after the pair, punching the man to the ground. Both tried to run away again.

The woman tried to pull him off the victim, who was lying on the ground being kicked by the teenager.

When he stopped kicking him, the victim got up and he and the woman began running away.

Ms Waugh added: “(The man) was exhausted and bleeding and (the woman) describes almost carrying him.

“The next thing she was aware of, the defendant had caught up with them and began attacking him again and was kicking him in the head when he was down. The woman was beside herself because she was unable to stop the relentless attack.

“She said she would do anything if he would stop beating (the man), who was barely conscious.”

Robinson replied: “If you come and have sex with me I will not kill him”. The injured man said “please don’t touch her”, at which point Robinson kicked him in the face, knocking him out, Chronicle Live reports.

Miss Waugh said: “(The woman) had witnessed the horrific, senseless violence and knew what he was capable of and she decided, in order to save his life and protect herself, she would have to agree to have sex with him so he would leave (the man) alone.”

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Robinson, of Halesworth Road, Sunderland, took the woman to some bushes, made her lie on an old coat he had found and raped her. When she stated crying, he said: “If you stop I will go and kill him you know”. When she continued to cry he said: “Shut up and stop being a baby”.

He then said he was going to get the man again but added that he would leave him alone if she went to his home, bizarrely asking if she was his girlfriend now.

The man was still unconscious and bloodied, and the woman was able to text and call her mother for assistance. Her parents arrived on the scene and called the police while their daughter remained on the phone.

When her father asked who had attacked her, Robinson responded, “It was f****** me, what are you going to do about it?” and they attempted to punch each other.

“I’ve become a prisoner in my own head, reliving the ordeal,” said the woman in a victim impact statement. Every day since then, his grip on me has tightened to the point where I can barely breathe.

“I believe even in prison he had a hold over me. On the day I was told he had pleaded guilty to raping me I just wanted to cry and cry.

“Me and my family will never be the same again. I hope, over time, we can rebuild our lives.”

The man, who didn’t realise the woman had been raped until later, suffered swelling, bruising and soreness. He said in his victim statement the date of the attack should have been a memorable one as it was his first meeting with the woman and they had planned to see each other again.

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But he added: “This date is etched into my memory for all the wrong reasons. While walking home we were brutally attacked without reason.

“I tried to defend myself and (the woman) the best I could but the male overpowered me. The last memory I have of this is waking up dazed and seeing a male standing over me and a look of terror on her face.

“At the time I didn’t know what had happened but have since found out she was raped. The feeling of guilt has persisted. I forever wish I could have helped her.”

Robinson, who has never been in trouble before, admitted rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was locked up for five years, of which he must serve two-thirds in custody, with an extended licence period of a further three years. He must also sign the sex offenders register for life and was given a lifelong restraining order.

“This was an abominable offence, unprovoked, unwanted attention, and the consequences have been absolutely catastrophic for those subjected to it,” said Judge Stephen Earl.

Defending attorney Lorraine Mustard stated that Robinson understands the trauma he caused that day, is remorseful for it, and “accepts he’s ruined their lives.”

Robinson had a difficult childhood and spent time in the care system, according to Miss Mustard, but she has “hope” for a better future.