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article imageWaiter foils a date rape predator as he spikes girl's drink

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 6, 2007 in Crime
A businessman who tried to drug a woman was caught when a waiter spotted him spiking her drink.
Property developer Rohail Spall, 39, was seen by a waiter dropping a date-rape pill in a young woman's glass of red wine.
Mr. Spall met his victim in a bar in Canary Wharf in London. After having a few drinks together, the woman agreed to go and have dinner with him. A chauffered limosine took them to a restaurant called Fish!. During the ride to the restaurant, Mr. Spall tried to kiss the young woman but she refused his advances. During the dinner, when the woman went to the washroom, Mr. Spall asked the waiter to keep her glass of wine topped up 'because he wanted to have sex with her later that night'. He also said he wanted 'something strong, something special' because he wanted her knocked out.
Over the course of the evening, he tried to persuade the young woman to go home with him. She refused and went to the washroom again. That is when the waiter, Kevin Murphy, saw Mr. Spall drop something into her drink. He immediately called the police and then told the woman what happened.
When police arrested Mr. Spall they found a Xanax pill in his pocket and then they found hundreds more in his car. The wine was analyzed and found to contain the drug. There are fears that he is a serial predator. A spokesman said: 'The fear is there are other women he may have targeted in this way in the past. If this is the case we would appeal to those women to contact their local police station.'
Mr. Spall has been convicted of administering a drug with intent to commit a sexual offence a crime that has a maximum of ten years in prison.
Mr Murphy said: 'Luckily I was in the right place at the right time, and I'm pleased nothing worse happened. I believe anyone of the other staff would have done the same.'
Lucky is right for this young woman. I wonder how many others they may have been?
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