Rapist jailed for nine years
A man who approached a vulnerable woman in the street and took her to public toilets where he raped her has been jailed for nine years.
Vasile Dobrin was selling perfume in the street in London Road, Southend, when he approached the 31-year-old woman and coerced her into a public toilet in Hamlet Court Road where he carried out the attack.
Dobrin was identified through CCTV footage and DNA and was arrested in May this year in connection with the attack on July 5 last year.
The 32-year-old, of Wherstead Road, Ipswich, was charged with rape, which he denied, and stood trial at Basildon Crown Court on October 30.
He was convicted by a jury yesterday, Tuesday, November 6, and was sentenced to nine years in jail.
Detective Inspector Lisa Hurrell said: “This was an opportunist attack against a vulnerable young women who clearly had learning difficulties.
“Dobrin targeted her because of her vulnerabilities and subjected to her a vile attack in the public toilets during daylight hours.
“The victim was very brave in coming forward and she and her family are glad that justice has been done and that this dangerous man has been taken off the streets.
“I would like to thank my investigation team, including the officer in the case, Dc Lee Crane, for their sterling work and going above and beyond during this investigation to bring Dobrin to justice.”