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A man who raped a woman in Ilford has been jailed for ten years.
George Stoiean, 27, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, May 19.
He had pleaded guilty to rape at the same court on Thursday, March 18.
Police were called on the morning of November 25, 2020 after a woman in her 20s, reported being bundled into a car by two men on Ilford High Road. She was driven a short distance, where she was raped inside the car.
At approximately 3:30am, the woman was walking along Ilford High Road when a car pulled up beside her. The passenger got out of the car and followed her along the road. She was forced into the vehicle where she was attacked by Stoiean, who was driving. Enquiries to locate the passenger are ongoing.
The woman suffered injuries to her face and body after being held down and repeatedly punched. She was subsequently dropped off a few streets away where she made her way to a friend’s house to raise the alarm.
Detectives launched an investigation to track down the men responsible and used CCTV, phone data and witness accounts to locate Stoiean, who was arrested in Lincolnshire on November 27, 2020. He was taken into custody and charged with rape.
Detective Constable Claire Smith, of the East Area Public Protection Unit, said: “Stoiean has not shown any remorse for his actions and repeatedly lied to police about his involvement in the attack.
“The victim has shown incredible courage after suffering such a terrible ordeal and I hope this sentence brings her some comfort that Stoiean will serve a lengthy custodial sentence before being released.”