Serial rapist who filmed attacks on mobile phone jailed

Jailed: Romeo Cummins Credit: Hampshire Police

A serial sex offender has been jailed for attacking vulnerable women and filming his crimes on his mobile phone while they were unconscious.

Footage discovered by police suggested that many of Romeo Cummins' victims would have been unaware that they had been assaulted.

Cummins has begun a thirteen-and-a-half year sentence for attacking five women in North Hampshire over a three-year period.

The 46-year-old, from Fountains Close, Basingstoke, had already pleaded guilty to 16 counts of rape, one sexual assault and five drugs offences at a previous hearing.

His crimes only ended when Police stopped and searched his car in Aldershot in February this year.

They discovered drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin, and sleeping tablets and prescription medicine.

On his mobile phone, they discovered more than one hundred videos which contained footage of his sexual offences.

An investigation was then launched to trace the victims. Once they had been identified, detectives had to confront them with the videos that Cummins had made while they were unconscious.

The victims were offered specialist support from trained officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Amberstone and Hampshire’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors.

One of the victims spoke after the hearing to thank police for their action.

When I found out I felt completely numb and sick – I went through a whole range of unpleasant feelings in the space of five minutes.

Victim of Romeo Cummins

Detective Constable Paul Jarrett, from Aldershot CID, thanked the victims, for taking part in the investigation.

“Their courage has stopped Cummins from continuing his serial sexual abuse and prevented him from doing this to others,” he said.