Paternity fraud through frustration of contraceptive methods – “forgetting” to take the contraceptive pill, piercing condoms with pins, other methods – are commonplace, but of course the Crown has never prosecuted any women in the UK for these crimes under the Fraud Act 2006. In 2011 the Mail journalist Liz Jones admitted to having tried to become pregnant by using the contents of used condoms twice – after sex with both of her two ex-husbands – here.
A piece in yesterday’s Telegraph:
A man has been jailed for rape after he admitted deliberately piercing a condom with a pin before having sex.
Andrew Lewis, 47, claimed he had punctured the contraceptive in the hope that it would split and improve intimacy.
But he was arrested and charged with rape after his victim found the damaged condom in his bin and went to police.
The train driver was jailed for four years when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court, having previously admitted rape at an earlier hearing.
Glyn Samuel, prosecuting, told the court that the woman had found the pin, and other pierced condoms in a bedside draw.
She was horrified when she realised what had happened and told the police she considered what Lewis had done was “pure evil”.
Mr Samuel said: “He told police he had hoped the condom would split and it would improve the intimacy. He said it was the stupidest thing he has ever done.”
But he told the court there had clearly been a degree of planning in his actions.
Mr Samuel added there was little case law to help Judge Nicholas Cole with the sentence.
Lynette McClement, defending, said Lewis, from Worcester, had not intended to get the woman pregnant but had simply been seeking to enhance intimacy.
Ms McClement said: “She had every right to choose her form of contraception. He had hoped it would tear, and as a result she would change her mind. It is an unusual case.”
Sentencing him, Judge Cole said the woman had made it plain she did not want a baby.
She had given consent as long as Lewis wore the condom, so it had been a devious act.
The judge said: “It was a breach of trust. The offence of rape is so serious a custodial sentence is appropriate.”
So it’s rape when a man does it, totally OK when a woman does it. Equality is a fine thing.
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