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 The jury cleared Colin Leacock, 34, of rape

The jury cleared Colin Leacock, 34, of rape

An internet dater accused of twice raping a woman he met on Match.com while his sister made her a 'slave' walked free after he was cleared by a jury today.

The jury agreed with Colin Leacock, 34, that the 37-year-old woman only made accusations against him because she hated his sister Mandy so much.

Mandy Leacock, 36, forced the vulnerable woman to move into the siblings' Maida Vale flat in west London where she was beaten and kept as an 'unpaid skivvy'.

She has admitted three counts of assault causing actual bodily harm after she poured bleach over the victim in the bath, and pulled out handfuls of her hair.

Mandy posted pictures of herself drinking champagne at five-star hotels while the victim overdosed on her medication and was living in a 'state of fear.'

The woman also claimed Colin forced her to perform oral sex on him twice at his flat in St John's Wood.

But Leacock, who has a low IQ, insisted she was a willing participant.

He told the court if she told him not to continue 'I would just back off and walk away'.

'If she had struggled that would have been a no, no, no,' he added.

Clare Wade, defending, asked the alleged victim: 'Aren't you just blaming him because you hate Mandy Leacock for what she did to you?'

The woman shouted back: 'No, he did it, so don't go there.'

She told the court that the sister 'made me a slave' and she was too scared to call the police.

Mandy Leacock took her bank card and went on spending sprees buying expensive clothes and a watch for her ex-boyfriend.

The victim said she was assaulted 'everyday' and told jurors: 'I felt humiliated. I didn't cry because I got that used to it at the time.

'I got used to getting hit, that's why I didn't cry.

'I haven't got proper emotions.'

Colin Leacock was cleared of two counts of rape and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was said to have punched the complainant in the face and swung her round by her hair until chunks fell out.

The brother said he did not join in as Mandy beat the woman, and was 'disgusted and shocked' by police pictures of her injuries.

 Mandy Leacock (pictured) treated the woman like a slave, ordering her to cook and clean as an 'unpaid skivvy'Mandy Leacock also covered her with bleach as the woman sat in a bath 

Mandy Leacock (pictured) treated the woman like a slave, ordering her to cook and clean as an 'unpaid skivvy', punishing her by covering her with bleach as she sat in a bath

A psychologist concluded that Colin's IQ may be as low as 55 but he has a 'rudimentary' understanding of consent.

In September 2015 Mandy Leacock posted Facebook pictures from a champagne-session at the five-star Langdon Hotel in Marylebone, central London.

She also revealed her 'addiction' to Rihanna, sharing an iTunes link for the R&B superstar's ANTI (deluxe) album in January.

Prosecutor David Povall told jurors of the horror the victim suffered at Mandy's hands after she moved in with Colin in early 2015.

He said: 'She was lonely and she went looking for love, romance, on the internet on Match.com.

'In March 2015 online she met Colin Leacock.

'It was clear to her even on those visits that Colin's sister Mandy was quite a powerful personality and didn't approve of the relationship.

'But in the event, having visited twice she came to London and she moved in with Colin Leacock in his flat.

'Mandy Leacock did not consider her to be good enough for Colin and she needed to prove that she was capable of cooking and cleaning and doing necessary household work.

'She came to be living in Mandy Leacock's flat where she quickly became an unpaid skivvy, sleeping on the floor, required to clean and after a time soon the victim of repeated assaults.

'She was living in that flat in a state of fear, of depression, being bullied and controlled.

'Sometimes she was made to sit in the bath and she would have bleach poured on her skin.

'There were occasions when she was grabbed by the hair and swung round so that chunks of her hair were pulled out.'

He added: 'Her ordeal continued until the beginning of May 2016 when she walked into a local shop and as a result of talking to one of the people who was working there she was sent on for medical help and the police became involved.'

Colin Leacock was cleared of two counts of rape and two counts of assault occasioning ABH.

Mandy Leacock will be sentenced for three counts of ABH tomorrow  at Southwark Crown Court.


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