Oxford University student arrested after sexually assaulting a woman

first_imgThe student is said to be well-known in the politics scene at the university Mr Lapwood on his houseboat Mr Lapwood at Christ Church CollegeCredit:Facebook A spokesman for Thames Valley Police confirmed a 23-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and ABH.A source told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Lapwood, who lived on a houseboat near the college, is a well-known student, who has apparently spoken at union meetings and has been an active political voice.He has also been seen at events held by the Piers Gaveston society, the source claimed.He was known at the college for taking a flamethrower he had built out of a caulking gun, glow plug and canister of butane gas to the annual Christ Church party in 2013.  An Oxford University student who was allegedly involved in the Piers Gaveston drinking society has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and actual bodily harm.Jonathan William Inigo Lapwood, a philosophy and psychology student at Christ Church College, is said to have been arrested on a boat near the Christ Church meadows around 6am on Tuesday morning.A source told The Daily Telegraph the alleged assault had taken place in the past four years and was both “psychological and physical” in nature. Mr Lapwood, 23, was last night thought to be at his gated family home in Wantage, a market town in Oxfordshire.His father, Robin, said the student would not be available for comment.“It is going to be a thorough police investigation and we can’t say anything until it’s completed,” he said. “Everything will be cleared up in due time.”It is understood Mr Lapwood has told friends that the alleged assault was “entirely consensual”. Mr Lapwood was allegedly part of a group called the ‘Banter Squadron’Credit:Facebook  He is a highly intelligent young man. His arrest has shocked the university communitySource Mr Lapwood at Christ Church Collegecenter_img Inigo Lapwood Claiming he was dressed as the band Arcade Fire, he shot flames into the college’s historic Tom Quad before college porters arrived to shut down the party, which had included a free bar and jelly wrestling.He is also alleged to have been part of a group of students who nicknamed themselves the Banter Squadron.A source claimed: “He’s not a brilliant student. One tutor described him as one of the most disorganised students he has had to teach.”Mr Lapwood married a student, whom he met in The Purple Turtle nightclub, in a ceremony in Oxford in 2014. Speaking to the student newspaper, Cherwell, at the time, Mr Lapwood said: “We had two very moving readings. Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene… [and] the other great classic of romantic literature, Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty To Me, was kindly and seriously rendered by the best man.” The couple are believed to have separated last year. Mr Lapwood is the son of a GP and former vicar.Christ Church College was previously rocked by sexual assault claims, after history and politics student Ben Sullivan was arrested in May 2014 on suspicion of rape and attempted rape. Mr Lapwood lives on a houseboat in OxfordCredit:Facebook  The student is said to be well-known in the politics scene at the university He was later told no action would be taken against him and spoke out about the impact the “poisonous” allegations had on him and his family.One source suggested that the earlier incident  involving Mr Sullivan might prompt others to be “enthusiastic” when it  came to trying to get another student convicted. “Oxford student politics are so vicious and petty that you never know whether people are using sexual offences to settle scores,” the source said.Oxford University declined to comment on the latest allegations.  Christ Church College said it could not comment on the case while police were investigating. Mr Lapwood has been bailed until Nov 24. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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