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Homeless Man Jailed For Christmas Rape In Luton
A homelessman has today been jailed after being found guilty of raping a lone office worker in Luton during the Christmas holidays last year.
The victim, a 22 year-old woman was attacked as she worked alone in her office in Luton last December by a stranger who called by asking if he could use the phone.
Adison Bridet, of no fixed address, claimed he'd been out the night before and his phone had been taken. But, after making his call, Bridet dragged the woman into a back room where he raped her three times.
Today Luton Crown Court heard at the time of the offence - December 27th 2013, Bridet was already on bail after a rape allegation in Portsmouth. Judge Philip Bartle was told that offence was not pursued and eventually dropped.
22 year-old Bridet was given an extended prison sentence of 14 years today after pleading guilty to a charge of rape and two offences of assault by penetration.
Judge Bartle was told the attack had left the victim traumatised and had done severe psychological harm to her and her boyfriend who, himself, had suffered panic attacks.
Passing sentence, the judge said "This was a prolonged and sustained incident. She was vulnerable because she was a woman alone in her office."
He ordered that Bridet's name be added to the Sex Offenders Register and he was made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
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