Man jailed for raping woman in Leytonstone

A man who raped a woman as she was walking home after a night out with friends in Leytonstone has been jailed for nine years.

Leon Rochester, 33, of Woodhouse Road, E11, was found guilty of rape on Thursday, October 1 following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

On Sunday January 26, the victim was walking home along Leytonstone High Road when Rochester approached her and offered her a drink.

He then walked with the victim to a secluded location off Kirkdale Road where he began touching her before carrying out the attack.

Rochester ignored repeated pleas for him to stop. The woman eventually managed to break free and run away.

Police were called by a member of the public who came across the woman in a distressed state.

Detectives carried out enquiries and found CCTV which placed Rochester at the location. They also spoke to a witness who heard the woman ask him to stop.

Rochester was arrested on Friday January 31 at his home address and was subsequently charged with rape.

Detective Inspector Jeremy McDermott, of the North East Command Unit, said: “I’d like to commend the victim for coming forward and telling us about her terrifying ordeal. Thanks to her bravery, both then and during the course of the investigation and trial, a dangerous offender has been taken off the streets.

“I would also encourage all victims of both sexual assault and rape to come forward and contact police. We know that it is an incredibly difficult thing to do but we can provide you with appropriate help and support while carrying out an investigation to find those responsible.”

Anyone who needs support can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Further advice can be found on our website.


Mick Ferris

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