Suffolk: Man sentenced for rape of elderly woman during burglary

27/11/2014

Adrian Udrea, 38, has been sentenced to a total of 16 years in jail at Ipswich Crown Court today for the rape of an 81 year old woman in sheltered accommodation in Felixstowe, Suffolk, on 28 September 2014.

Michelle Brown, head of CPS East of Englands Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit said: "Adrian Udrea was responsible for a particularly brutal and abhorrent attack on an elderly and vulnerable victim.

"We all like to think we are safe in our own homes and so it was terrifying for this woman to wake up in her sheltered accommodation to find she was being raped by an intruder who also stole her jewellery and other possessions.

"The RASSO Unit has worked closely with Suffolk Police to bring the perpetrator of this dreadful crime to account. The police were able to recover DNA evidence which showed Adrian Udrea was responsible.

"Together with this and other evidence, we built a strong case so that he pleaded guilty to two charges of rape and one of burglary less than three weeks after the attack.

"This violent episode has had a devastating attack on the victim who has found that as a result she cannot lead the independent life she enjoyed. We hope that the sentence today will bring some small comfort to her and her family and enable her to feel safer knowing he is behind bars."

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Adrian Udrea denied a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm and this has been left on file.

He was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for each charge of rape and four years for the burglary, to run concurrently, making a total of 16 years.