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7:49am 10th February 2012
(Updated 7:49am 10th February 2012)

A tourist who raped a teenage girl in Newquay is starting a five year prison sentence.

Michael Aspinall from Bolton found his victim drunk and unconscious at a holiday park last summer.

A court heard how the twenty-eight year old told security guards he knew the girl and would take her to his tent to keep warm.

He had denied rape, claiming that the 18-year-old had consented.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on the fourth day of the trial.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC told Aspinall: "You were tearful in the witness box. I wondered why at the time, may be those tears reflected the gravity of what you had done.

"You committed a terrible offence which has deeply affected the girl, who has dropped out of university and has lost trust in other people because of your disgusting action."

The girl said she had known nothing after drinking with her friends and waking up in Treliske Hospital.

Aspinall must sign on the Sex Offenders' Register for the rest of his life.

7:49am 10th February 2012

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