Among Ratu Bose’s wild claims were that he was a sniper in the French military, a bodyguard in LA, a chef at a top Swiss restaurant and a member of Fijian royalty.
In reality he is a sexual predator who raped two women he met on Tinder. On Thursday he was jailed for 12 years and six months.
The women met Bose on the dating app and were subjected to degrading insults soon after meeting him in person, until he separately attacked both when they told him they wanted to end their brief relationships.
Bose twice raped the first woman, referred to as AB in the County Court, after he headbutted her outside his St Albans home one night in April 2016, ordered her inside and then pushed her onto his bed.
Later, when she heard him snoring, she ran, naked from the waist down, from the house to her car to escape.
In January 2017 Bose attacked the second woman, CD, inside her apartment after she had earlier told him she was uncomfortable with him staying the night. He had responded: “F— you, I will do what I want.” Later, he raped her on her bed.
Bose was this year found guilty in two trials of three counts of rape and one of common assault, and also admitted to lesser offending, which included stealing a ring he gave CD and giving it to another woman, LW, he also met on Tinder.
After CD went to the police Bose sent her a message warning she had “f—ed up big time” and that she should “prepare to be f—ing famous all over the net”. He also tried intimidating her through messages he sent LW.
Bose was on bail for the attack on AB when he raped CD.
He told AB he was a former sniper and a bodyguard, Judge Trevor Wraight said, and later told a psychologist his mother was a member of the Fijian royal family and his father was a member of the country’s government. Bose also claimed he worked on a luxury yacht as a young adult, married a reality television star, became a sous chef in his wife’s native Switzerland and was fluent in six languages.
His claims were questionable, inconsistent and couldn’t be corroborated, the judge said, but it was clear Bose boasted to women on Tinder.
“Meeting people via dating applications has however created a new landscape of risk, attracting people like you, who simply seek out women for your own temporary sexual gratification before mistreating them and degrading them as you move on to your next conquest,” Judge Wraight told the 33-year-old.
“Women are entitled to live independently without the fear of sexual predators like you seeking them out, abusing them and then ultimately sexually assaulting them.”
CD moved out of her apartment after the attack and previously told the court she had been a different person since, haunted by fear. On Thursday she said: “I’m rapt with the outcome, I’m really happy. I can sleep at night.”
Watching the sentence was “purely for justice”, she said, and encouraged other victims to contact police.
“I’m sure that there’s a lot of other girls out there and if they were scared to come forward, come forward. Do it, do it for all of us,” she said.
Bose must serve nine years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
He previously served two months for assaulting and threatening to kill another woman he met on Tinder, in August 2016, also while on bail.
Judge Wraight said a psychologist had diagnosed Bose with a narcissistic personality disorder, in that he believed he was superior to others, special and entitled. Bose sought sexual partners, the psychologist found, to bolster his fragile sense of self. He said he was sexually abused as a child in his Fijian community.
Bose’s personality and lack of remorse and insight meant he remained a risk to women, the judge said.
Bose maintains his innocence and his history cannot be corroborated because he is yet to tell his parents of his offending, despite clocking up more than two years in custody since his arrest.
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