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Conman, 29, told a woman he was a lawyer, then lied that she was drugged and raped

A con artist posing as a doctor and lawyer convinced a vulnerable woman he met on a dating site that she had been raped and was pregnant before accusing her of domestic abuse.

Carwyn Roberts, 29, from Gwynedd, Wales, met his victim, who has not been identified, through the dating site Plenty of Fish in 2018 before moving into his flat and starting his deception.

He created a series of fake email accounts to convince the woman she had been drugged and sexually abused, while also persuading her to give up her job at a school, claiming he had got her a job with the council local.

Roberts subjected his victim to months of deception, including lying to him about buying their ‘dream house’, which allegedly had a devastating impact on his mental health, Mold Crown Court heard.

He even convinced his partner she was pregnant with twins, but the police were alerted when his brother’s partner noticed something was wrong with the ultrasound. During a police interview, Roberts accused his partner of domestic abuse.

Roberts received a two-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to engaging in controlling or coercive behavior in an intimate or family relationship.

Carwyn Roberts (pictured), 29, from Gwynedd, Wales, met his unidentified victim through dating site Plenty of Fish in 2018 before moving into his flat in Bangor

Jade Tufail, prosecuting, told the court that after Roberts and his victim met through Plenty of Fish in 2018, he moved into her flat in Bangor, North West Wales.

Their relationship has been described as “incredible” and the the victim’s young daughter even referred to Roberts as “Daddy Carwyn,” the court was told.

The woman’s previous relationship had ended ‘acrimoniously’ and left her ‘on a bad path’, including self-harm. She spoke to Roberts about these issues.

Miss Tufail said Roberts told the woman he inherited £300,000 from his grandfather’s brother and would use the money to buy his dream house.

The couple went to see homes together and settled on property in a new Redrow development in Bangor, with Roberts telling the woman her family’s lawyers would handle the legal work.

But there was no money or family lawyer to do the land transfer work, and the emails the woman received about buying the house were sent by her partner from from a fake account he created, the court heard.

Roberts (pictured) created fake email accounts to convince the woman she had been drugged and sexually abused, and lied to her about buying their 'dream house'

Roberts (pictured) created fake email accounts to convince the woman she had been drugged and sexually abused, and lied to her about buying their ‘dream house’

Roberts then told his partner that he was receiving ‘prank’ calls from people claiming she was unfaithful and claiming a lawyer was trying to find out who sent them.

He said he found out there was hidden cameras in her apartment that filmed her having sex with men, and began questioning her about her sex life, the court heard.

The woman insisted that no such activity had taken place, but Roberts, through the bogus lawyer, told her that she did not remember what had happened because she had been drugged and sexually abused, and that the police were involved.

Miss Tufail said at the same time Roberts began emailing her partner from another fake email account, claiming to be a woman called Amanda Davies, who allegedly worked with him at the authority local.

His victim was persuaded by ‘Amanda Davies’ to give up her job at a local school with the promise of a council job.

Roberts even returned home with a work badge in his partner’s name along with training and induction materials in an attempt to sell deception, the court heard.

A fake council email account then contacted the victim to say her partner had been drugged at work at a leisure center in Caernarfon by an associate of her ex-boyfriend.

Over the next few days, more emails were sent, purporting to contain information from a nurse, claiming that the drug incident had affected Roberts’ sperm and that he could not have children.

The court heard that the victim “started crying” after hearing the news because she wanted to have a child with the defendant.

The email account under the name Amanda Davies then began giving the woman instructions to have sex with Roberts to increase her chances of conceiving.

He convinced his partner she was pregnant, but police were alerted when his brother's partner noticed something was wrong with the ultrasound, Mold Crown Court heard (pictured)

He convinced his partner she was pregnant, but police were alerted when his brother’s partner noticed something was wrong with the ultrasound, Mold Crown Court heard (pictured)

Meanwhile, the charade over buying the non-existent home was underway and the victim, their daughter and Roberts were even packing for the move, the court heard.

Miss Tufail said the victim was effectively ‘brainwashed’ into doing whatever the people in the emails told her to do.

Then Roberts came home with an ultrasound showing a pregnancy with twins and convinced his partner she was pregnant.

The court heard that he had also sent her emails from another fake account, which claimed to be a doctor, confirming her pregnancy.

It was later revealed that Roberts had done extensive research on the internet to get a fake ultrasound image.

The victim was reportedly “confused” about the alleged doctor’s scan and emails, but the couple broke the happy news to her brother anyway, the court heard.

But her brother’s partner noticed something was wrong with the scanner and raised the alarm. The police were contacted and an investigation later revealed the extent of the accused’s deception.

Roberts (pictured) received a two-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to engaging in controlling or coercive behavior in an intimate or family relationship

Roberts (pictured) received a two-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to engaging in controlling or coercive behavior in an intimate or family relationship

In his first interview with police, Roberts claimed his partner had been “cheated by someone else”, but in his second interview he accused his partner of domestic violence.

In a statement from the woman, which was read out in court, she said she felt ashamed and manipulated by the lies Robert had told her.

She claimed Roberts was aware of her vulnerabilities and “exploited every single one of them,” the court heard.

Roberts, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty on the day of trial to engaging in controlling or coercive behavior in an intimate or family relationship.

Richard Edwards, for Roberts, said that at the time of the offense the accused was aware of his own “perceived shortcomings” and wanted to “make himself better” in the eyes of his partner.

But things quickly escalated and, in his client’s own words, “the lies just got bigger and bigger.”

Mr Edwards said Roberts was taking part in counseling to resolve issues in his life and said he was in a new relationship with someone who was aware of the court case and was supportive of him.

Judge Niclas Parry told Roberts that if the offense weren’t so serious, people hearing the bizarre facts of the case would find it hard to believe.

He told the defendant he took advantage of a vulnerable woman to control his life, describing her behavior as “cruel”, “manipulative and despicable”.

Robert was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years, which had been reduced by 10% for his guilty plea.

He was ordered to undergo a rehabilitation course and 250 hours of unpaid work, while he must also pay £3,230 in prosecution costs.

Roberts was also banned from contacting his former partner or posting anything about him on social media under a lifetime restraining order.

Speaking after the hearing, Rhian Jones, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wales, said: ‘The level of manipulation that Carwyn Roberts has exerted on his partner is quite staggering and the The effect on his mental health must have been horrific. .

“The CPS was able to build a strong case showing that the number of fake accounts and emails could be traced back to him, showing that he told lie after lie.

“The victim can take comfort in knowing that Roberts is now paying for the horrific ordeal he put her through and we hope this helps her move on with her life.”