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  • 9 August 2014, 2:46

Woman Jailed For Plotting Rape On Chat Room

A woman has been jailed for six years for using online chat rooms to try to trick strangers into raping an ex-colleague.

Joanne Berry, 30, posed as her ex-colleague online and invited men to act out rape fantasies with her.

When Berry revealed the former colleague's address, one man tried to barge his way into the woman's home and act out the rape.

After discovering that he had been set up, the man aborted the plan, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Judge David Griffith-Jones QC said Berry developed an "irrational vendetta" against the woman and may have held her responsible for the loss of her job.

He added that Berry's intention was to exact some form of "revenge or retribution" upon the woman.

"Thus, it was, you embarked on a bizarre series of events," he said.

"You carried out some internet research and discovered a web-based chat-line facility on which you would make contact with individuals with particular sexual and other interests.

"Through that facility, you made contact with a particular individual - 'DH' - who gave evidence during the trial."

Berry eventually persuaded the man to come to "her" home, knock on the door and effectively rape her.

"During this you didn't reveal your true identity and the address that you provided as your own was in fact (the victim's) home address," the judge said.

Berry, of Grove Park in London, was convicted of putting a person in fear of violence.

She was also convicted of three other offences including assault with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

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