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Jail for man who drugged women
Holyoake and his Frome house
The judge described Holyoake as a "very dangerous man"
A man who drugged women and then imprisoned them and committed serious sex acts has been jailed for 16 years.

Geoffrey Holyoake, 53, picked up women and slipped them a "date-rape" drug before bringing them back to his heavily-fortified Frome home.

Sentencing Holyoake the judge told him: "All these victims were vulnerable women. They were in real fear. You took them to your home and drugged them."

Outside court one of his victims described him as "evil and sadistic."

She added: "It is the best thing that could happen to him without the death sentence."

Holyoake, of Vallis Road, Frome, Somerset, was described as a "very dangerous man" by Judge Hagen after the jury returned their verdicts.

'Noxious substance'

He was convicted of four counts of indecent assault and an attempted rape after a trial in October 2004.

He was also convicted of falsely imprisoning the three and administering a noxious substance between June 2002 and July last yearand two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis and amphetamines.

The jury cleared him of one count of rape and one indecent assault and returned a not guilty verdict on a second count of attempted rape on the direction of the judge.

Ian Dixey, prosecuting, told the jury that Holyoake owned a property and drove a sports car and "he gave the appearance of somebody sophisticated, older than the three women concerned and as having some means."

Each woman claimed that during their ordeals they felt "incapacitated in a way they had never experienced before" from taking drugs.

Mr Dixey said: "They were given something by the defendant which had the effect of making them unable to resist what he was doing to them."

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