/Surgeon, 40, raped student after tricking her into having sex without a condom

Surgeon, 40, raped student after tricking her into having sex without a condom

A surgeon who allegedly tricked a student into having sex without a condom despite her insisting they used one is being tried for rape.

A court was told how hospital consultant Mathew Sewell, 40, is facing two allegations of rape after he deceived a student he had met on Tinder into having sex without a condom, reports Teeside Live.

He later contacted the woman, who was a student, to inform her she may have been exposed to chlamydia.

The woman claims that on two occasions in 2017, the consultant spinal surgeon did not wear protection, despite being fully aware of her want to use one.

She later informed her via WhatsApp that she could be at risk of catching chlamydia from him and urged her to seek medical attention.

Sewell who now lives in Twickenham, south west London, denies two charges of rape and is currently on trial at Teeside Crown Court.

Surgeon Sewell met the alleged victim on Tinder, the court heard

Prosecutor Paul Abrahams said: “The Crown says that [on two occasions], [the alleged victim] consented to have sexual intercourse with the defendant.

“That consent though was on condition that he wore a condom.

“The Crown says that he didn’t wear a condom, on either occasion. The consent, therefore, that she gave was not true consent because a condition, the wearing of a condom was not complied with.

“Consequently, the defendant is guilty of rape.”

Sewell told police that on the first occasion he wore a condom and did not deceive the woman, however, she said she passed him a condom but later discovered he had not used it.

He claimed that on the second occasion, she did not object to unprotected sex.

The pair first met on Tinder when Sewell worked at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough.

On Tinder, Sewell’s profile age was 27, despite being 36 at the time.

He later told Cleveland Police this was an “insertion error”.

The alleged victim claims on two occasions Sewell did not wear a condom despite asking him to

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Days after the two incidents, the spinal surgeon told his alleged victim on WhatsApp that a former partner had told him she had tested positive for chlamydia and apologised for potentially giving it to her.

Mr Abrahams said: “The defendant’s responses in those messages show that he did not use a condom on either occasion which he knew he should have.

“The two do then arrange meet up to discuss matters and during that conversation the defendant admitted that he had done wrong and effectively pleaded with her not to report him saying that it would ruin his career.”

The alleged victim contacted police and Sewell was arrested on January 20, 2017, after he returned from a conference in Amsterdam.

The court heard that the alleged victim later admitted to police that she had “embellished” part of her initial account.

The trial continues.

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