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Predator’ jailed for life for raping five women he met on Tinder

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A man who raped five women he met on the Tinder dating app has been jailed for life.

Tattooed Tom Rodwell, 31, of Acklam, Middlesbrough subjected his victims to sexual and physical harm, manipulated them, and made them feel worthless, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Passing sentence, Judge Paul Watson QC said the defendant was “addicted to a sense of power” he had over the women, whose lives he had “ruined”.

The judge told him: “You are a callous, unfeeling sexual predator whose only concern is for your own gratification.”

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In a series of statements, victims told the court how Rodwell, who previously worked for HMRC, the Royal Navy in Scotland at an NHS call centre and who was training to be a paramedic, shattered their confidence and forced them into sexual acts.

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