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Coventry man jailed for 13 years for rape

|News, Sexual offences

A Coventry man has been jailed for the rape of two vulnerable women.

Petrica Gheorghita, 35, was sentenced to 13 years today (18 June 2020) at Warwick Crown Court following his conviction for six counts of rape against two sex workers. He was also convicted of one count of common assault against a third sex worker.

The court heard that Gheorghita picked up two of his victims in his car from the red-light district in Coventry and drove them to a secluded location where he raped them. He also subjected one of the women to a prolonged sexual attack, and physically assaulted a third victim after she refused to have sex with him.

He denied the sexual offences, claiming that the women had consented but was convicted at trial following a unanimous guilty verdict from the jury.

HHJ De Bertodano found Gheorghita to be a dangerous offender and extended his period of supervision by eight years after his release from prison. He is required to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Iain Willis, of the CPS, said: “Petrica Gheorghita subjected his victims to a brutal and degrading sexual attack. None of the women chose to be violated by the defendant, and although he claimed the encounters were consensual, the jury saw through his lies and convicted him for his crimes.

"I want to commend these women for their bravery in coming forward and facing their attacker. Everybody has the right to be safe. I hope that this prosecution and today’s sentencing sends out the important message that the Crown Prosecution Service will continue to seek justice for all victims of crime.”

Notes to editors

  • Iain Willis is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands.

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