Tony Blair's former aide jailed for raping 'vulnerable' woman

Mark Adams

Mark Adams outside a polling station. Image: Mark Adams/Twitter

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The former private secretary to Tony Blair and John Major has been jailed for seven years for raping a "particularly vulnerable" woman.

Father-of-four, Mark Adams, was found guilty of raping the 24-year-old in her sleep in 2015, after offering her a job managing his Airbnb property in south London.

The 56-year-old, who served as private secretary to the two Prime Ministers for six years in the 1990s, denied rape during a six day trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Judge Jonathan Mann QC said he had taken advantage of the victim, who had just lost her job and split up with her boyfriend.

 

 

The court heard how Mr Adams had returned home on the night of the May 2015 General Election after drinking "several whiskies", and invited his victim to watch TV with him on a sofa bed.

After she had fallen asleep, the former aide raped her, which he claimed he had no recollection of when confronted by the victim in a cafe the next day.

He went to a chemist "outside the area" to buy a morning after pill - but claimed it "had nothing to do with sex".

A jury of five women and seven men took nine hours and 42 minutes to return with a unanimous guilty verdict.

 

'Remarkable fall from grace'

He will remain on the Sex Offenders' Register for life, and was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Mr Jeffrey Israel, for Adams, described the conviction as a "remarkable fall from grace" after Adams had "risen to prominence in political circles".

Jailing Adams, Judge Mann QC told him: "This brings an end to your career, it is a tragedy giving your previous public service.

"You did not use a condom and you stopped her moving - the victim was particularly vulnerable."