Jail for man who kidnapped and raped a teenage girl in an Epsom park

19/01/2017

A man who was found guilty of raping a teenage girl twice at knife point in a park in Epsom has been jailed for a total of 27 years.

Costica Voedes grabbed the teenager from a fast food restaurant on Friday 17 June 2016, after stabbing one of the workers, who tried to stop him. He held a knife to the victim's throat and dragged her into a nearby recreation ground before raping her twice. He then stabbed his victim in the abdomen and, believing he had killed her, ran off. Much of the initial attack was captured on CCTV inside the fast food outlet.

Mr Voedes was convicted of a series of offences following a trial at Guildford Crown Court:

  • two counts of rape
  • one count of threatening to kill, and
  • one count of wounding with intent.

Mr Voedes had, at an earlier hearing, pleaded guilty to offences of possession of an offensive weapon, intimidation of a witness, kidnapping and wounding with intent.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East, Jaswant Narwal, said: "This was a horrific attack on a teenage girl in unimaginable circumstances, and a truly harrowing case.

After raping her, Mr Voedes stabbed her, then checked to see if she was still breathing. She had the presence of mind to make herself appear dead, after which Mr Voedes fled the scene."

The case was brought by the CPS South East Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit, a specially trained team who deal with all rape and serious sexual offence cases.