Rapist soldier threatened to break victim’s nose

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An English soldier who raped a woman in the entrance of a block of apartments in the centre of Belfast in an attack which lasted around 18 minutes has been remanded in custody.

Ryan James Fairlamb, from Camdon Close in Lincoln, will be sentenced for the rape next Wednesday after he appeared at Belfast Crown Court.

The court heard the 22-year-old soldier, who was stationed at the Ballykinler army camp in Co Down when he carried out the sex attack last May, forced his victim to the ground and at one point threatened to break her nose if she screamed.

The incident, which was captured on CCTV, has left the 23-year-old victim suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Crown prosecutor Kate McKay said that on the evening of May 30 last year, both Fairlamb and the victim were in a nightclub in the Cathedral area of Belfast. In the early hours of the next morning, the woman became separated from the rest of her company, and at this stage she met Fairlamb.

Mrs McKay said the pair struck up a conversation, and as they were leaving the club he told her he was in the British Army and asked her if she wanted to come back to the Army camp with him. She declined his request but they agreed to share a taxi which would drop her off home.

The court heard the woman and Fairlamb then walked around the city centre trying to get a taxi and that there was “consensual” kissing and hugging. Fairlamb then pulled the woman in front of a building where he tried to put his hand down her pants, with her telling him to stop.

He then brought her to the entrance of a block of apartments, and at that point he pulled her to the ground, got on top of her and raped her.

After initially denying the charge, Fairlamb eventually pleaded guilty to a single charge of rape.

His solicitor said his client was aware of the “hurt and damage” he had caused to the victim, and that he displayed remorse for his actions.