I Was Beaten Up and Raped by Brutal Gardener Who Tried to Strangle His Lady Chatterley Lover; EXCLUSIVE: HOW JAILED CHARMER DUPED AND ABUSED LONELY DIVORCEE.(Features)

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I Was Beaten Up and Raped by Brutal Gardener Who Tried to Strangle His Lady Chatterley Lover; EXCLUSIVE: HOW JAILED CHARMER DUPED AND ABUSED LONELY DIVORCEE.(Features)


Byline: DAVID HUDSON

HE was tall, handsome, polite, well-spoken and seemed every inch the successful businessman when he introduced himself to a lonely woman in a nightclub.

It didn't take long for Margaret Duncan-Dove to fall for witty and charming Dean Morland.

He drove an E-type Jaguar, wore designer clothes and jewellery, and it wasn't long before he moved in with Margaret and her four children as they started a seven-month long affair.

But 37-year-old Dean Morland was not the successful businessman he pretended to be. He was an unemployed gardener living on benefits...and now he is beginning a 21-month jail term for attacking another gullible lover - a wealthy married solicitor who accused him of rape in last week's sensational "Lady Chatterley" trial.

A jury cleared Morland of raping his unnamed mistress, but found him guilty of assault after she revealed how he tried to strangle her during a kinky sex session which turned to violence.

Margaret is now speaking out because she has been horrified by the sordid details of the court case, - and the fact that the jury were not told of his past convictions. And she wants other women to know what a monster Morland is after being beaten and raped by him herself.

Morland smirked as he was led from the dock at Nottingham Crown Court, knowing that he will be free in four months because of time he's already spent on remand. Margaret fears he will resume his "career" of preying on women.

"He is an evil man who takes advantage of vulnerable women," she says. "He always wants his own way and when he doesn't get it he becomes violent."

Margaret first met Morland in a nightclub near her home in Driffield, East Yorkshire, after splitting from her husband of 14 years just six months earlier.

"I went to the club with some girlfriends and suddenly he seemed to appear from nowhere," she recalls. "He told me he was a businessman who was staying at a local hotel and regularly travelled to London.

"He was super-smooth and very plausible. We had a good laugh at his accent and one friend said: 'My God, he's a bit posh, isn't he?'"

Margaret and her children, aged 13 to 17, had moved from a pounds 450,000 six-bedroom family home into a smaller rented property when her marriage broke up.

But she still wore designer clothes and jewellery - and she believes Morland targeted her because he thought she was well-off. A week after they met, he arrived at her home at the wheel of his metallic gold E-Type Jaguar - and Margaret was happy to invite him in to share a bottle of wine. "Looking back, I don't know how I let him into my life, never mind my home," she says. "At first, he just started to stop over, but in a short time he said he had to give up his flat in a village near Barnsley - and moved in.

"He brought all his clothes with him. They were all the best designer labels, but I remember thinking at the time there wasn't such a lot of them. He got on well with the children and we became lovers - but he was very manipulative. It was as though he was building himself a nest, establishing a base for himself.

"He told me each week he went to London, but all the time he was going back to his grotty flat in Barnsley. When I eventually saw it, it was a disgusting hovel.

"At the beginning, he seemed to have plenty of money, but it dried up. Then one day a Giro cheque arrived and I realised he was unemployed and on Income Support."

Margaret confronted Morland and, when pressed about his past, he told her he had been in trouble since he was young and that he had been to jail.

He didn't reveal he was a deserter from the Foreign Legion who had been jailed for 12 years for kidnap and armed robbery after extorting pounds 200,000 from a security guard.

He also didn't tell her about how he used eight different names to escape his past. …

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