A Unwell van driver who raped a female he offered to support when a thief stole her mobile phone has been jailed for eight a long time.
Andrew Mills posed as a Fantastic Samaritan and tricked his target into having into the back of his auto by supplying her a lift property.
The 61-12 months-old spoke to the upset girl who was remaining assisted by a team of people in Gravesend city centre in Kent just following midnight on August 6, 2019.
Mills joined the compact group who had been attempting to assistance and supplied to push her residence in his van.
She approved but as a substitute of driving her home, she was subjected to a extended attack in his motor vehicle throughout the journey.
The victim confident Mills to allow her get out and right after escaping, she utilized her concealer to publish down his number plate.
Police recommended her fast thinking immediately after the horrific ordeal, which aided officers to rapidly find and arrest him.
After contacting police at 2am and supplying officers the selection plate, a patrol automobile located Mills’ van parked near to his dwelling on the similar early morning.
Officers knocked on his doorway and in the course of a discussion in the street, he admitted currently being with the sufferer and was arrested on suspicion of rape.
Mills in the beginning denied raping the woman in the back again of his van, and pleaded not responsible to two counts of rape and 3 other sexual offences.
But a jury at Woolwich Crown Court located him responsible of each and every cost pursuing a demo, and he was jailed for eight several years at the same court docket on Wednesday.
Detective Inspector Ross Gurden, a senior investigating officer at Kent Police, explained Mills as a perilous and “opportunistic predator”.
Just after the sentencing listening to, he reported: “Mills has demonstrated himself to be an opportunistic predator who poses an extreme risk to girls.
“It would have been abundantly obvious to him that the sufferer was distressed and susceptible, and he exploited this in the worst and most deceitful way possible.
“Despite becoming set by a traumatic ordeal, the victim showed excellent courage in running to get out of the van and experienced commendable existence of thoughts in rapidly employing her concealer to write down his registration variety.
“I am pleased that we have now secured justice for her. When almost nothing is likely to undo the harm Mills has brought on.
“I sincerely hope that she can acquire a diploma of reassurance from the consequence of this situation.”