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27 November 2012, 06:00
A rapist from Luton who preyed on women on the rail network in a series of random attacks has been jailed indeterminately.
Jean Alexis, 26, denied six different charges, including rape, sexual assault and theft in relation to the offences involving three women.
Following a trial earlier this year, he was convicted by a jury and handed an indeterminate jail sentence at Luton Crown Court.
British Transport Police have told Heart Alexis will spend a minimum of five years in prison.
The court heard how Alexis, of The Ridings, Luton, carried out three attacks in Harlington, Leagrave and Luton, Bedfordshire, in October and December last year and February this year.
He followed on off-duty police officer from a train to her car at Leagrave station where he made threats towards her, police said.
He also made sexual advances and inappropriately touched a 19 year-old woman on a St Pancras-bound train.
On December 15, after meeting an 18 year-old close to Luton station, he boarded a train with her and dragged her into the onboard toilet, where he raped her.
An investigation was launched by BTP's Major Investigation Unit and, after hours of CCTV was viewed and forensic DNA examinations carried out, Alexis was identified.
He was arrested a week later by BTP and Bedfordshire Police officers at his home address.
As part of his sentence he has also been placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years and was recommended for deportation following his jail term, a BTP spokesman said.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Ian Trantum, BTP's senior investigating officer, praised the victims for their courage and bravery in coming forward to police: "Alexis preyed on lone women travelling on the rail network in the early hours and his behaviour and actions were something no one should be subjected to.
What each victim had to endure is unthinkable and Alexis is now where he belongs for this despicable act - behind bars.
Despite pleading not guilty, the overwhelming evidence helped the jury in their unanimous decision.
This sentence highlights the severity with which crimes like this are treated. BTP takes all allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously and will always seek to catch and prosecute those responsible."
Baljit Ubhey, chief Crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), branded Alexis a "predatory and dangerous individual.
This case involved the serious sexual abuse of women. We have worked closely with the British Transport Police (BTP) since this investigation was launched.
None of the victims knew Alexis; these were random attacks on people on trains or at stations between Luton and Flitwick. Alexis is clearly a predatory and dangerous individual.
Alexis was found guilty of all the offences in August following a trial at Luton Crown Court. We would like to thank the victims for their courage in coming forward and preventing further despicable offences by him."
Ms Ubhey added: "The public should feel safe on public transport. The prosecution, conviction and sentence imposed today recognises the seriousness of the offences. I hope that today's sentence gives some sense of closure to the victims involved, so that they can now put this unpleasant episode behind them and move on with their lives. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time.''