Lawrence Jones found guilty of two rapes

Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones has been found guilty of raping two women in Manchester 30 years ago.

The former UKFast chief executive denied both offences, claiming the sexual contact had been consensual with one of the women and that he had never met the other woman.

However he was found guilty of two counts of rape following the trial at Manchester Crown Court.

The prosecution case was that both women were given stupefying drugs before the rapes took place in 1993/1994.

The women, who were known to Jones, described being given some form of drug which made them feel “spaced out” and “really out of it” so they were unable to react to his unwanted sexual advances.

Jones denied the offences in police interview and pleaded not guilty at court.

Jones will be sentenced on December 1, 2023.

Isla Chilton, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offence Unit, said: “Jones raped two women with no thought for how his actions would affect them.

“By denying the offences, he compounded the harm to the women, attempting to evade responsibility for his actions. The jury saw through his lies and found him guilty.

“The CPS worked hard with Greater Manchester Police to build a strong case to put before the jury. To support the victims, we applied for them to give evidence by video interview and to be cross examined behind a screen so they would not need to face their abuser in the court room.

“I would like to thank the victims for supporting this prosecution and I hope this case will encourage others to seek justice. It’s never too late.”