Swingers’ club rapist faces jail after jury delivers guilty verdict

Have your say

A CABARET artist is facing a lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of raping a young woman while dressed as a character from TV show The Munsters at a swingers’ club in Yorkshire.

Jeremy Smith, 45, was found guilty of carrying out a sex attack on the 22-year-old woman in a mirrored room during a Halloween party last October. He was dressed as Herman Munster at the time.

The rape took place in private members’ club La Chambre in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield.

Throughout the trial Smith claimed he had consensual sex with the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons. She had attended the fancy dress night with friends.

Prosecutor Charlotte Baines told the court the victim was a member of the club but never took part in any sexual activity and went there purely to socialise.

She said: “It’s clear that La Chambre makes no secret of the type of establishment that it is. There are rooms upstairs in the club referred to as the ‘playrooms’.”

The court heard that Smith, who lives in London, had been paid in drink to perform a cabaret act at the venue with two friends, dressed as Lily Munster and Harry Potter.

During the night, Smith had invited the victim to take part in sexual games. He later took her to a mirrored smoking room and raped her. The woman told the jury that she froze during the attack.

She said: “I just felt as though I was paralysed.”

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict at Sheffield Crown Court after seven hours of deliberations. Smith, formerly of Wakefield, was bailed and will be sentenced in September.