A ROMANIAN man has been jailed for raping a woman who was walking home from a bar in North London – just a week after he arrived in the UK.
Mihai Roban, 47, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to raping the woman in Finchley, the Met Police said.
According to Scotland Yard, Roban had two previous convictions for rape in his home country of Romania.
He had arrived in Britain just a week before carrying out the attack in the early hours of January 20.
Harrow Crown Court heard that Roban took the woman behind a public toilet and raped her, and ignored her repeated pleas for him to stop.
Roban was caught when a member of the public raised the alarm and heard the distressed victim crying for help.
Police later attended the scene and found Roban with the victim.
He was arrested and charged with rape – but maintained his innocence until the week before the trial was due to begin.
Detective Sergeant Michael Daly, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Roban had only been in the country for a week when he carried out this attack.
"When we conducted enquiries with police in his home country of Romania we discovered that he had two previous convictions for rape and prison is the right place for him.
"He maintained his innocence until the week before the trial was due to start which brought further anguish to his victim.
"The victim has been incredibly strong throughout the investigation and I hope that knowing Roban will be in prison for some time will help her to move on from her horrible ordeal.
"I also wish to thank the member of the public for doing the right thing and calling the police when they heard the victim’s calls for help, as well as the investigation team for their excellent work and their continued dedication supporting victims of rape and bringing the offenders to justice.”
Mr Roban, of no fixed address, will also be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
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