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Chris Dawes, the computer millionaire who was killed last week in a sports car smash, drugged and raped a woman days before being arrested on drugs charges.

Since his death last weekend, Dawes has hardly been out of the headlines in Britain. In yesterday’s Mail on Sunday he was accused of drugging and repeatedly raping a woman he flew to his hotel hideaway on the island of Alderney. The woman, ex-model Amanda Lawson, was lured there by promises that she would be employed by Dawes to set up a modelling agency.

It was her complaints that led to Dawes’ arrest on charges of cocaine possession.

Lawson told the newspaper she was kept prisoner at one of the tycoon’s hotels on Alderney, in the Channel Islands. She was so scared she dared not scream for help, and only managed to escape by telephoning her boyfriend whilst Dawes was tending to his stash of drugs.

Her nightmare started when she arrived on Alderney for a job interview on December 23. Lawson was led to Dawes’ bedroom for the "interview" at the Chez Andre hotel. Dawes told her the telephones were bugged, cameras monitored every room and there were security men downstairs.

Lawson grew frightened as he described his ideas for the business. "His ideas got more and more weird. Basically, he wanted a house full of girls at his disposal," she told the Mail.

Lawson then claims she was given cannabis so strong it made her feel "like a rag doll" and Dawes had sex with her. She says she was raped on several occasions until her escape on December 26.

Detective inspector Mike Coquelin, of Guernsey police, confirmed Lawson called the police on Boxing Day. He was unable to comment on the Mail article, but told The Register: "As a result of Amanda Lawson coming to the police, we got a warrant and raided the Chez Andre hotel."

Dawes died at the wheel of his McLaren F1 on March 21. His body, along with those of Fiona Newman and Raymond Lamb, were identified last week, according to Essex police.

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