A man has been jailed for 15 years and two months after pleading guilty raping a woman in Thamesmead last November.
Desmond Atumkeze, 23, from Thamesmead, was arrested after a woman was attacked at Gallions Park on Friday 8th November after getting off a bus. He initially denied the charge claiming to be a virgin and blind. He changed his story once DNA evidence was presented.
Daniel Geller from the CPS said: “This was a horrific attack on a lone female who was simply returning home from work. The victim was in fear of her life and has since been left terrified to go out alone.
Desmond Atumkeze had shown no remorse for his actions. In fact, during police interview he claimed to be a virgin and said that he was blind, and so could not have been responsible for the rape.
But faced with the DNA and phone evidence against him, Atumkeze eventually changed his mind and pleaded guilty. This conviction will ensure he is finally held responsible for his actions and will spend a long time in prison where he will no longer be a threat to women. I hope the victim will take some comfort from this.”
He then stole from the victim after the attack, told her to wash in a canal and stated: “I’m local, I know your face, I know where you live.”
He was sentenced to 15 years and two months today at Woolwich Crown Court.