For shop supervisor Daniel Dennis, having sex with a woman regardless of whether she agreed, was simply a juvenile game he played with his mates.

The 27-year old and his friends would regularly play sick pranks on each other which became known as 'c..kblocking' and which involved one stopping another getting intimate with a woman by walking in on them.

But when Dennis decided to ''get one over'' on a pal who had played a similar prank on him earlier, he raped the man's girlfriend as she lay asleep in a rented apartment.

Dennis had sneaked into the room while the 23-year old woman was with his friend and then hid behind a curtain before locking him in the bathroom when he went to the toilet.

Although the friend was allowed back out, Dennis then waited for him to nod off before raping the woman as she lay asleep next to him. He fled in a change of clothing when she woke up to find him having intercourse with her.

Dennis later claimed his friend had stopped him having sex with a different woman on a previous occasion by walking in on them as they were getting intimate. At Manchester Crown Court, Dennis, from Wolverhampton denied rape but was convicted after a trial and jailed for six years.

Judge Hilary Manley said: "It's sometimes said by men who behave like you and your friends did that night, that it's just banter and being lads together, but it reflects a deeper and more worrying attitude towards women. You are not 16, you are in your 20s. You specifically targeted her whether due to your need for sex or to get one over on your friend.''

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