A sex fiend who raped a stranger lost in a city centre has been jailed for eight years.
Paul Warrington, 24, subjected the 19-year-old woman to the ordeal in woodland around two miles from Nottingham city centre.
When police found her, she was wearing a jacket containing a car key – both of which didn’t belong to the teenager.
Nottinghamshire Police traced Warrington with the key and he was arrested days after the attack on Saturday December 7 last year.
And Warrington was locked up today for eight years after pleading guilty to rape at a previous hearing.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Pamela Dowson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This incident was a violent, predatory act and the victim sustained injuries as part of the assault. Warrington did not know the victim and overpowered her when she was in a vulnerable position.
“The victim was lost in the city centre and he clearly identified this as way to exploit her before carrying out this despicable act.”
Nottingham Crown Court heard police recovered samples DNA from the scene and this matched with Warrington’s on the database. The thug, of Carlton, Nottinghamshire, was subsequently charged with rape.
Detective Inspector Dowson added: “Rape and sexual assaults are horrific attacks that have a lasting impact on victims and survivors, it is unimaginable what she went through and while today’s result does not change what happened, justice has been served.
“Stranger rapes are rare and complex investigations and I’d like to praise the victim’s bravery throughout this investigation and subsequent legal proceedings and I hope that today’s result provides some closure for her.
“I’d also like to commend the hard work of our teams to deliver this result. Our detectives worked tirelessly to identify and apprehend Warrington and their efforts clearly paid off.”
The rapist has also been made subject of a lifetime restraining order.