Man jailed for 2011 rape in Leytonstone after second attack sparks DNA match

A MAN has been jailed for a historic rape in Leytonstone, after his DNA was tested following a second attack.

Jonathan Graden, 30, from Hackney, raped a 22-year-old woman on Hanbury Street in Spitalfields in November 2018.

He followed his victim into a building and raped her in the basement.

Graden turned himself in to police in December 2018, following extensive CCTV appeals.

After he handed himself in, Graden’s DNA was collected and tested.

The DNA matched that of a rapist who had attacked a woman almost eight years earlier.

In February 2011, a 24-year-old woman was approached from behind in Dyers Hall Road, Leytonstone.

Her assailant – now identified by DNA as Graden – shoved the woman to the ground, violently assaulted her and raped her.

Graden subsequently pleaded guilty to both rapes. On Friday, November 29, he appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of ten years.

DC Chris Ives described Graden as ‘an obvious danger to women’.

The officer added: “I am glad he has been brought to account. In contrast to Graden’s depraved and cowardly actions, his victims have acted with courage and dignity.

“I sincerely hope that the sentence handed down brings them both a measure of comfort and closure.”

Charles Thomson

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