Robin Jacobs.

A barrister has been sentenced to four years in prison for raping a woman he met on Tinder.

The court was told that Robin Jacobs unexpectedly initiated anal sex with the woman at his flat in 2017, after two dates. 

Having met for lunch, the pair returned to Jacobs' flat and had consensual sex when Jacobs unexpectedly forced her to have anal sex, ignoring her when she twice told him to stop and screamed at him to “get out”. 

The 39-year-old barrister withdrew after approximately 30 seconds and then told the woman, also in her 30s, to “come for a cuddle”, before offering her paracetamol.

As the victim lay on the bed, Jacobs said, “It's not funny, I shouldn't laugh”, and chuckled to himself.

The woman said, "At that point I was just face down on the bed. I didn't know what to do with myself - I was in quite a lot of pain". She said, “There was no discussion, absolutely no warning, there was no touching, foreplay, warning. There was nothing”.

"And then he told himself twice that it wasn't funny, that he shouldn't laugh, not to laugh, and then after the second time he did laugh".

"I would say that [he used] a huge amount of force. It felt like what you would describe as a stabbing pain", she said.

When she was examined at a specialist sexual assault clinic, the woman was found to have a laceration measuring 2.5cm by 2mm which experts agreed was likely to have been inflicted with "at least moderate force".

The lawyer, from east London, reportedly has autism which impacts his ability to interpret social signals.

After the incident, Jacobs texted a friend to say that the woman’s response had been “a bit of an overreaction”, adding, “I just hope there's no trouble as a result. I apologised repeatedly when she was here”.

Jacobs texted later, “I haven't been nicked yet, so that's good…If the police are after you, do they leave a message or raid you at 5am?”

Jacobs claimed he was confused about the incident and had stumbled into “laddish” behaviour to “navigate social interactions”.

“I thought she was absolutely fine”, he said. “I am not a cruel, aggressive person. That is not what I'm like. It wasn't something for my own gratification as the phrase goes. No”.

When he was convicted, Jacobs shouted, "I didn't do it. I was telling the truth. Oh my God", then recovered himself and thanked the judge for levying the "lowest possible sentence". 

Judge John Hillen told him, "It gives the court no pleasure to sentence anyone to terms of imprisonment and in this particular case, with a man of good character, of exemplary character, a high standing in his profession, to have to sentence you as I must, and as you know I must, to a term of imprisonment is a sad event". 

"I am satisfied on your evidence that you did genuinely believe that your victim would consent", said the judge, but it was “wholly unreasonable in the circumstances".

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What did I just read 16 September 22 09:13

Nice of the judge to make it clear that he was only sentencing the barrister because he was forced to not because he disapproved of him actually anally raping this woman.



Wowzers 16 September 22 09:59

Well I for one am glad that this anal rapist is of good character, of exemplary character.

Pass the soap, would you? 16 September 22 10:46

During his time inside Mr Jacobs may be about to get an intensive crash course on unwanted anal intercourse and the futility of the interpretation of social signals in an environment where a sexual partner simply isn't bothering to look for them.


Suspect that he will have a far better understanding of what is and isn't reasonable to expect on a second date after that.

Question Man 16 September 22 10:48

You know, I think that even I'm going to give this one a wide berth.

No Answer Woman 16 September 22 11:07

So will I. This is a real case with a conviction supported by evidence following a trial, not some unsubstantiated allegation.

Anon 16 September 22 11:24

Good to see the open and repeated mocking of Question Man. What an odious individual, with his silly, bad faith enquiries.

Anon 16 September 22 11:25

Question Man 16 September 22 10:48: glad to see you are exercising some rare judgement. Maybe you have taken your meds for once.

Anonymous 16 September 22 11:51

@11:25 - what evidence do you have that I require meds for what, to any casual observer, might appear to be deeply-rooted psychological issues that render me highly unlikely to be able operate normally in everyday society?

Anonymous 16 September 22 11:58

@11.24 - what silly, bad faith enquiries?

Anon 16 September 22 12:30

@11.25 - why do you think someone took your meds?

Anon 16 September 22 12:41

Anonymous 16 September 22 11:58: QED.

Anon 16 September 22 12:43

Anonymous 16 September 22 11:51 - brilliant!

Jen 16 September 22 12:44

Question Man: everyone’s favourite common or garden narcissist.

Bar 16 September 22 12:45

This guy will be disbarred.

Lydia 16 September 22 12:45

The probably should have had a contract first to avoid any complications. People should not take consent issues for granted.

I suppose it helps show that people are a lot safer on the whole if they only have sex within marriage (although even that does not mean you are 100% safe). May be celibate nuns and monks have made the safest choices.

Anon 16 September 22 13:21

Took 5 years to conclude this case. How awful for the victim. 

bazza y 16 September 22 13:24

From the agreed reported facts, he was extremely unlucky to be convicted. Cock clearly went up her arse voluntarily. Then he removed it after she complained, albeit a tiny bit less quickly than he could have done. He then acted like a bit of a twat, and said some arsehole things at trial. He has ASD. Hardly a proper rape. 

Anon 16 September 22 13:35

Anon 16 September 22 12:30: another silly, bad faith enquiry. 

Paul 16 September 22 13:38

On a broader note has anyone noticed the insane (to a casual observer) disparities you sometimes see in sentencing decisions.

I would say the sentence in this case is about right all things considered.

Today a former DJ (Alex Belfield) has been given five and a half years for sending abusive and threatening emails to former colleagues at the BBC.

Alex Belfield: Former BBC presenter jailed for stalking - BBC News

And a young Muslim man who knocked out three women cold during an altercation giving one of them a bleed on the brain and two of them lasting scarring has received a suspended sentence.  He walked off and just left them lying unconscious in the street.

3 women were knocked out cold after encountering thug in Nottingham side street - Nottinghamshire Live (

It seems entirely the wrong way round to me.

Anonymous 16 September 22 13:57

@12.43 - agreed, your @11.51 is brilliant. Evidence is so important. A casual observer might also note the importance of asking questions to verify unsubstantiated allegations.

Anonymous 16 September 22 14:30

@Jen - what evidence do you have to support your accusation that 'Question Man' is 'everyone’s favourite common or garden narcissist'?

Anon 16 September 22 14:56

bazza y 16 September 22 13:24: no, from the agreed reported facts, the initial anal penetration was involuntary/done without consent. So he was rightly convicted of rape.

Anon 16 September 22 15:01

We all thought we might be spared Question Man's nonsense on this thread. But he cannot help himself. 

Anonymous 16 September 22 15:27

@paul 13.38 - and what, perchance, do you contend to be the difference? 


(Don't worry, we already know what you're going to say....)

Anonymous 16 September 22 15:32

@Anon, 15:01.

Yes, but you see the thing about obsessive compulsives is that their behaviour is compulsive, and obsessive.

He actually can't fail to take the bait.

Anon 16 September 22 15:34

Anonymous 16 September 22 15:32: yes, it is so sad. He needs help.

Anonymous 16 September 22 16:18

"Hardly a proper rape."

Just in case anyone was wondering whether this is an isolated incident within our profession, I give you 13:24.  And there are plenty more like that around too.

Percolino 16 September 22 17:08

The most ill-conceived attempt to use the ‘top bantz’ defence I’ve ever seen - in a very crowded field. 

He can’t have been much cop as a barrister if he thought that would fly. 

Anonymous 16 September 22 17:12

@15.01 - what nonsense did you think you might be spared?

@15.32 & @15.34 - what bait? who needs help and what help do they need?

Anon 16 September 22 17:31

Anonymous 16 September 22 17:12: please get help, Question Man. You are not well.

Anonymous 17 September 22 09:28

Some very strange comments in here.

Anonymous 17 September 22 09:41

The sentence given to the thug in the story Paul linked is a disgrace. Far too low.

Anonymous 17 September 22 16:03

@17th @9.28 - yes, there are

Anonymous 18 September 22 14:51

@16th @ 17.31 - not well what?

Anonymous 18 September 22 21:51

@Lydia don’t be ridiculous- most rapes happen in marriage or are committed by a current or former partner. As someone who was raped by her husband, can I just say you are talking absolute bollocks. 

Also if you know you struggle to read social signals and cues, you should be more careful when it comes to issues of consent, not less! This guy felt all the entitlement to just shove it up there, without a scintilla of concern about whether she wanted it or not. Rapist f***. 

Acronym 19 September 22 16:38

By the sound of it the judge wanted to give him a medal.

Oh, you committed rape, how sad for you, I apologise for sending you to prison. How rotten of the victim to complain.

Anonymous 20 September 22 09:23

Oh look - 4 rape apologists identified themselves via the thumbs down @16:18. Any more of you like to prove the point?

Anonymous 20 September 22 11:09

Bet he is a very heavy user of extreme pornography. There are documented links between hardcore porn - (which tends to feature anal sex) and with viewing women as objects and with a lack of empathy. In fact there has been a noticeable rise in cases of anal rape over the past ten years, with the increasing prevalence of hard core pornography.

It is always women that pay the price.

Je Suis Monty Don l’Autobus 20 September 22 18:23

“There are documented links between hardcore porn - (which tends to feature anal sex) and with viewing women as objects and with a lack of empathy.”

Only in extremist feminist “literature”.

Anon 20 September 22 20:38

Anonymous 18 September 22 14:51 - Question Man, please see a mental health professional.

Anonymous 20 September 22 23:20

16th @ 13.35 - what was?

Disgraceful comment 21 September 22 08:54

Look at this horse sh@t.

“It is always women that pay the price”

A large number of men and boys are also raped every year.  No doubt extreme pornography plays a significant role.  
Would you like to reflect upon that and amend your stupid/ignorant comment or are you happy to leave it up there? 

anon 21 September 22 10:44

Anonymous 20 September 22 23:20: QED. Again, please get help.

Anonymous 21 September 22 11:16

@20th @ 20.38 - about what?

Anonymous 21 September 22 12:46

@ disgraceful comment - who rapes them? Oh yes it’s men isn’t it. The number of men raped by men is totally dwarfed by the number of women raped by men. I stand by my comment. Maybe you should reflect on your lack of empathy for women and why you react so badly to any comment that tries to centre them and their concerns. 

Anonymous 21 September 22 12:47

The rape apologists are out in force. 

Anonymous 21 September 22 12:55

Only in extremist feminist “literature”, such as this?!

Anon 21 September 22 13:17

Anonymous 21 September 22 11:16: the mental health professional will let you know. More likely than not, you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder and narcissism. These are serious illnesses, which affect your ability to engage with others in a normal way.

Anonymous 21 September 22 18:50

@21 @13.17 - what is the basis for your diagnosis and what qualifies you to make it?

Anonymous 21 September 22 20:27

@12.47 - although of course nobody is apologising for rape in any of the comments. Still, why let the truth get in ghe way of baseless accusations.

Anonymous 21 September 22 21:35

@12.55 - I don't know if the link you sent is extremist feminist literature or not - could you please precis it in 100-200 words  thanks.

anonymous 22 September 22 10:03

@Anon 21 September 22 13:17

Question Man probably has some form of personality disorder, too.

Anon 22 September 22 19:32

@ Anonymous 21 September 22 18:50

I am not diagnosing you. That will be the job of the mental health professional.

Ben 22 September 22 19:49

anonymous 22 September 22 10:03 - or he might just be a weirdo. Either way, Question Man is very creepy. 

Anonymous 22 September 22 21:36

@21st @ 13.17/22nd @ 10.03 - what mental health professional? What form of personality disorder? Why 'too'? In addition to what?

Anon 23 September 22 06:45

anonymous 22 September 22 10:03 - yes, probably antisocial, borderline and histrionic personality disorders. They fit the persistent, bad faith enquiries made in a public arena. This is a troubling pathology. Question Man is undoubtedly ill.

Anonymous 23 September 22 08:52

People who try to link porn with rape tend to have issues with men getting porn and try to link it to rape in attempts to get it prohibited. Most of them don't actually believe there is a link.

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