Robert Bryan Succesfully Prosecutes ‘Grindr’ Rapist

11 June 2018

Robert Bryan recently concluded a three week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court involving a ‘dangerous and manipulative’ defendant charged with a string of serious sexual offences. Sam Ashley, also known by the surname Davis, had denied all 10 charges relating to attacks in 2016. He drugged and raped three men he met through the dating app Grindr and a fourth he met at a rugby club. One victim, a student, described Ashley ‘forcefully’ raping him whilst he dipped in and out of consciousness.

He was found guilty of four rapes, four charges of administering a substance with intent and two counts of attempted rape. In his sentencing remarks, Judge Melville QC told Ashley he was ‘dangerous, calculating and manipulative’. He was sentenced to 23 years. For more information see press links below:

1. BBC
2. Daily Mail (mid trial report)
3. Daily Mail (end of trial report)
4. ITV