56-year-old John Coyne (pictured), owner of the Prince of Wales pub in London, was convicted of rape and engaging in sexual activity without consent after taking advantage of a 25-year-old man who had blacked out after a hard night of drinking in October of last year.
The victim, who identifies as heterosexual, told the jury at a Blackfriars Crown Court that he had gone out with some friends after work one evening. The group ended up at Coyne’s pub, where he eventually fell asleep on a sofa.
He awoke at around 3 a.m. with his pants pulled down around his ankles and Coyne on top of him, raping him.
Coyne immediately fled the scene. Meanwhile, the victim called police, who seized security camera footage from the venue that corroborated the victim’s story.
Despite this damning evidence against him, Coyne still denied the charges. He was found guilty by a jury yesterday.
Following the verdict, Detective Constable Neil Hume, the officer in the case, told the media: “Coyne abused his position as a landlord of a pub to take advantage of an unconscious customer and showed no remorse. I would applaud the victim’s bravery attending court and hope that the sentence sends out a clear message.”
Detective Inspector Neil Smithson, the senior investigating officer, added: ‘The Metropolitan Police are committed to prosecuting sexual offenders. Coyne preyed on an unconscious customer whilst in his own pub and I would encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim at the hands of Coyne to come forward.”
Coyne was sentenced to nine years in prison for rape plus an addition five years for causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.