Tim Evans prosecutes serial rapist who targeted victims through Plenty of Fish
July 24, 2018
Tim Evans from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted a “sexual sadist” for raping three women he met through the internet dating website Plenty of Fish.
Lee Savage attacked females from Cumbria, South Tyneside and Dumfries and Galloway between 2015 and earlier this year.
The 25-year-old originally denied a total of 10 offences of rape and sexual assault but then changed his plea to guilty after hearing the Prosecution’s opening.
Tim Evans told Carlisle Crown Court that Savage was a “persuasive and manipulative man as well as a violent sexual predator” who had carried out a “planned and persistent rape campaign”.
Savage was given a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 11 years in jail.
He initially claimed each of the women had consented to sex, but he changed his plea after facing “overwhelming evidence”, Isla Chilton, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said. He must also sign the sex offenders register for life. The case received national coverage.
He practises exclusively in crime and has 25 years of experience at the criminal bar. He has prosecuted for Revenue & Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the DTI, amongst others.