Rapist who attacked lone woman lost late at night and stifled her screams jailed

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A homeless rapist who attacked a lone woman late at night in woodland has been jailed for 12 years.

Danut Bulboana, 21, targeted the victim, who was lost after being dropped by a taxi at the wrong spot.

He attacked the woman, in her late 20s, near Catford Bridge railway station, southeast London, and choked her with an unknown object as she tried to scream.

But she managed to escape and called police, who found him he had tried to disguise himself by changing his clothes.

The woman – who had been heading home from a night out with a friend when he preyed on her – identified him.

Bulboana, a Romanian national, denied the attack on August 27 last year, claiming he had tried to comfort her.

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But forensic evidence linked him to the attack.

The defendant, of no fixed abode, was convicted of two counts of rape and attempting to suffocate with intent at Woolwich Crown Court.

He was locked up for 12 years on Tuesday.

Detective Constable Dean Young, who led the investigation, said: "This was a brutal and extremely sinister attack in which Bulboana preyed on the vulnerability of a lone woman at night.

"I would like to commend the sheer bravery displayed by the victim who quickly called police after being subjected to a truly horrific ordeal.

"Her actions resulted in a dangerous man being detained by officers within an hour of the attack, and subsequently being sentenced for his crimes."

Nicole O’Brien, from the CPS, added: "This was a terrifying attack on a woman by a complete stranger.

"The victim demonstrated remarkable bravery in leading police officers in a search of the local area, during which they found Bulboana.

"Bulboana will now have to face the consequences of his actions.

"I hope this conviction goes some way in providing closure to the victim."

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.https://www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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