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Rapist who strangled victim convicted

|News, Sexual offences

A man who strangled a woman until she was unconscious and raped her when she awoke has been convicted.

Yonattan Gonzalez Pineda, 33, choked his victim when she told him that she did not want to see him because she did not feel a romantic connection.

When he strangled her, he asked: “Do you feel the connection now?”

Today (Friday, 26 March) at Wood Green Crown Court Gonzalez Pineda was convicted of rape, false imprisonment, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and unlawful wounding following a trial.

The 29-year-old victim was left with bruises to her face and knees as well as bleeding in both eyes after the attack, in which she was held against her will for three hours in Tottenham on 23 June last year.

The victim was only able to leave after having sex with Gonzalez Pineda.

Gonzalez Pineda was arrested on 4 July after the victim attended a police station to report the rape.

Tetteh Turkson, from the CPS, said: “This was a terrifying sexual attack which left the victim fearing for her life. She could see no way out - and Yonattan Gonzalez Pineda simply did not take ‘no’ for an answer.

“When arrested he initially claimed that the victim might have sustained injuries from going to the gym.

“Sexual offences are some of the most challenging cases to prosecute but the CPS is committed to bringing offenders to justice where there is the evidence to do so.”

Gonzalez Pineda will be sentenced at the same court on 28 May.

Notes to editors

  • The unlawful wounding count relates to an incident where Gonzalez Pineda attacked a woman with a glass bottle outside a bar in Southwark leaving her with swelling and cuts to her face in November 2019
  • Yonattan Gonzalez Pineda (DOB: 20/12/1987) is of no fixed address
  • Tetteh Turkson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London North.

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