Rapist, 36, who took selfie with his unconscious victim is jailed

Rapist, 36, who took a ‘thumbs up’ selfie with his unconscious victim after raping her in a park is jailed for 12 years

  • Thomas Mangar, 36, raped woman in 20s in Hitherbroom Park in Hayes, London
  • He ‘exposed her breasts and touched her’ while she lay unconscious, court heard
  • Rapist Mangar denied but was convicted by a jury of rape and sexual assault 
  • He was sentenced to 12 years with an extended licence period of four years

Thomas Mangar, 36, took the sickening photo on his mobile phone while the woman – who is in her 20s – lay naked and unconscious in Hitherbroom Park in Hayes, west London

A rapist who took a ‘thumbs up’ selfie with his unconscious victim after raping her in a park has been jailed for 12 years. 

Thomas Mangar, 36, took the sickening photo on his mobile phone while the woman – who is in her 20s – lay naked and unconscious in Hitherbroom Park in Hayes, west London.

The victim remembered heading home on May 11 last year after a night out with friends.

But she suffered a loss of memory until 2.45pm the next day – when she woke up to find Mangar, from Hillingdon, London, raping her.

She desperately tried to fight Mangar off her by pushing and hitting him, a jury at Isleworth Crown Court heard. 

During the ordeal, Mangar ‘exposed her breasts and touched her’ while the woman lay unconscious. He photographed this and sent the pictures to his cousin.

Mangar – who has a degree in history of sociology and two children with an ex-wife – denied but was convicted by a jury of rape and sexual assault. 

He was sentenced to 12 years with an extended licence period of four years.  

Before Mangar had lured her into the park the woman had been suffering from heart palpitations and struggling to breath.

She had sought assistance at a nearby GP surgery but was refused help because ‘she wasn’t registered’.

Judge Hannah Duncan told Mangar: ‘You exposed her breasts and touched her as she was unconscious and you photographed this.

‘This spanned the period of about 90 minutes. This lead to final act which was to rape her.

‘You sent those pictures in the park to someone you say was your cousin.

‘You are seen in these photographs or at least one of them, smiling into the camera with your thumb up. It’s a despicable piece of bragging.

‘You then pulled her trousers down and raped her as she was unconscious.

‘One can only image how she must have felt when she regained consiousness and realised a complete stranger [is] on top her and raping her.

‘She didn’t know who you were, where she was and how you got on top of her.

The victim remembered heading home on May 11 last year after a night out with friends. But she suffered a loss of memory until 2.45pm the next day – when she woke up to find Mangar, from Hillingdon, London, raping her in Hitherbroom Park (pictured, file image)

‘It was broad daylight and she was nearly naked in the park. Her life has not been the same and she’s scared that it never will be.

‘She has problems sleeping and has anxiety and depression.

‘She is clearly traumatised by what has happened, she feels disgusted with herself and what happened and may never get over it.

‘Her trust in people has been affected, as have her personal relationships.’

Mangar told a probation officer preparing a pre-sentence report that ‘this is awful, very insulting, and very bad’ when asked about the incident

The court heard Mangar has two previous convictions for battery against women he was in relationships with.

‘It is disturbing that your victims are always women,’ the judge said.

‘When your attitude to women was explored in the interview it was difficult for the author to explore it properly due to you being emotional about the consequences to you of this conviction.

‘It is difficult not to conclude that you are misogynistic.’

Judge Duncan commended a man named as Mr Chaima, a member of the public who overheard her terrified screams and saw Mangar on top of her.

He rushed at the rapist, but he ran off.

After checking to see if the woman was alright, he gave chase and caught up with Mangar, demanding to know what he was doing.

Mangar said he had been giving CPR to the woman and gave a false name and telephone number.

Four days later the witness spotted Mangar near the park again and called police who arrested him.

Detectives recovered a condom and a torn wrapper near the scene containing Mangar’s DNA.

During the trial he claimed that he was forced at knifepoint to rape the woman, a story he maintains even after his conviction.

Judge Duncan said: ‘That is not remorse for your own actions at all.

‘I do accept that offences had a serious and severe impact on you and it’s possible that it’s starting to sink in.’  

Mangar will serve at least two thirds of his 12-year sentence before being eligible for release by the Parole Board.

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