Rapist subjected six women to violent attacks over 13 years
Offshore worker Ben Slee, 30, was convicted of a catalogue of charges from 2002 to 2015.
A rapist offshore worker subjected six women to violent assaults during a 13-year campaign of abuse.
Ben Slee, 30, from Helensburgh, Argyll, tormented his victims, raping one woman and attempting to rape another.
Four of the women were beaten and sexually assaulted as Slee often flew into jealous rages.
other women were physically assaulted, with one having the contents of
an ice bucket thrown over her in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, and
the other being slapped and kicked in a house in Helensburgh.
The offences were committed between 2002 and 2015 at various locations in Helenensburgh, Garelochhead, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Slee fell out with one of his victims because she was showing her cancer-stricken sister more attention than him.
He also controlled another woman’s Facebook account despite working in the North Sea at the time.
jury further heard how he laughed as he tried to drown another woman in
a bath. In court, Slee claimed he was the victim and the women’s lies
had ruined his life.
The jury convicted him of raping one woman
and attempting to rape another as well as a catalogue of abuse. Charges
of raping two other women were found not proven.
Prosecutor Kath Harper told the court Slee has a number of minor convictions but had not served a jail sentence.
A 32-year-old victim told of how Slee came into the bathroom when she was having a bath and pulled her head under the water.
She said: “I was really scared. I couldn’t breathe and he was laughing.
“He said: ‘That was brilliant. You should see your face. I could have killed you’.
“I was petrified. He would have nice days but it didn’t last long.”
woman spoke of how the slightest thing could set him off, adding: “I
felt degraded. I was in a relationship where he could do what he wanted.
“On a few occasions I would wake up and he was having sex with me. He made out it was a laugh or a joke.”
victim, a 29-year-old mother-of-two, said of Slee: “He was so
manipulative. He would do something awful and then would cry and say he
was sorry and it would never happen again.”
The woman said being
with Slee was “like walking on eggshells”, adding: “If my eyes even
looked in the direction of another man he would be so aggressive.”
On one occasion in 2004 in a house in Helensburgh he attacked her causing excruciating pain.
She said: “I was screaming. He just ignored me. The look in his eyes was pure evil.
can’t believe I stayed with him. I can’t believe I put myself through
that for so long. It was effectively torture. He enjoyed the power and
The woman said Slee’s jealousy and anger turned a
dream holiday in Turkey into a nightmare. He would not even let her wear
Another victim, who Slee tried to rape, told of how he took her to a luxury hotel for a belated Valentine’s Day present.
The woman told the court Slee became angry on the train to Edinburgh when some men sat down beside them.
She added: “He started staring and growling at me.”
told prosecutor Kath Harper: “I was scared. He was so angry. He was
scary angry. He said: ‘You’re embarrassing me. You love being around
other men. I paid for this and you’re speaking to other people.’
“He was right up in my face shouting ‘I can get model material, look at the state of you’.”
Slee shoved her into the corridor outside their hotel room.
woman said: “I was contemplating going down to reception when he opened
the door and said he was sorry and he said: ‘Why do you make me so
Slee then pushed her against the bath, she slipped and as
she lay on the ground he kicked her with full force on the leg causing
it to bruise.
The woman added: “I remember he would kind of stand and laugh and say ‘You’re pathetic, you’re nothing’.”
told the court Slee threatened to pour acid in her face or petrol bomb
her parents’ home and car if she went to the police about him.
In evidence Slee claimed all his victims were lying and had “ruined his life”.
He said “They have ruined my life, they have done it, they have done what they wanted.”
Judge Lord Beckett deferred sentence on Slee for background reports.
remanded him in custody and told him: “You have been convicted of many
serious charges which represent a very concerning catalogue of
bullying and domestic abuse.”
Slee showed no emotion as he was led away to the cells.
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