Man sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for historic attempted rape case

19/02/2014

Gheorghita Plesca, 44, was sentenced today (19 February) at the Central Criminal Court to 13 years imprisonment for one count of attempted rape and four counts of burglary.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "After more than 12 years Gheorghita Plesca has finally been brought to justice for his violent and terrifying attack on a 68-year-old woman in her own home.

"On 15 May 2001 Plesca broke into the house of his victim, tied her up and gagged her mouth before attempting to rape her. Plesca callously took a long service medal belonging to the victim's husband who was a retired police officer and who had passed away four months before this attempted rape took place.

"Plesca was arrested for this attack after his DNA was compared against the police database in relation to a theft offence in July 2013. The results of this comparison linked Plesca to the attempted rape and three other cases of burglary.

"The victim of the attempted rape has sadly since died but I hope that Plesca's sentence today can give some small comfort to her family."

Background

Plesca pleaded guilty to the following offences:

  • Burglary With Intent To Steal - 23 March 2001
  • Burglary With Intent To Steal - 14 April 2001
  • Burglary - between 16 May 2001 and 27 May 2001
  • Attempted Rape - 15 May 2001
  • Burglary - 15 May 2001