Petru-Marian Bradu knocked a woman unconscious and then raped her

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A woman was punched in the street by a stranger and then woke up to find him raping her.

Petru-Marian Bradu hit the victim in the head as she made her way along a street in Gloucester on July 23, 2019.

The blow knocked her unconscious, providing the attacker with the chance to drag her to a city centre park.

When she came round Bradu, who was 17 at the time, was raping her.

Afterward the attack a homeless man went to the aid of the victim and escorted her to the home of a relative.

Prosecutor Mark Worsley told Gloucester Crown Court: "Bradu knocked the woman unconscious and took her somewhere else where it was likely that she would be discovered."

Bradu was jailed at Gloucester Crown Court
(Image: PA)

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Judge Ian Lawrie QC said the attack showed an "element of planning".

The judge said it was "utter contempt" that Bradu, who claimed the victim was a sex worker whom he paid for sex, thrust a £10 in the woman's hand after raping her"

Mr Worsley added: "There was no evidence that the woman was a prostitute.

"It was a complete piece of fabrication made up by Bradu.

"He had been in Gloucester for six weeks at the time of the rape and knew the topography of the park very well."

Romanian national Bradu, of Barton Street, Gloucester, was not arrested until seven months after the rape.

He could not be identified by DNA evidence at the time as he had no police record.

It was only when he was arrested for an unrelated assault seven months later that his DNA was taken and found to match the rapist's.

It had previously taken a jury less than an hour to reject the 19-year-old's story and convict him of raping the woman on April 23 last year.

During the trial, the jury heard how Bradu said "well she doesn’t look like she’s been raped" while speaking about CCTV footage of his victim after the attack.

Catherine Spedding, defending Bradu, reminded the court that he was still only 17-years-old old when he committed the rape.

"Bradu had only been in the country for six weeks when the rape occurred," she said.

"He fell into the wrong crowd of older men who shared his background.

"He was sexually inexperienced and was influenced by others and he felt he had a duty of loyalty to them as he was trying to fit in.

"He was desperate to prove that he was somebody who people could rely upon."

Judge Lawrie sentenced Bradu to nine years in prison for the rape and two years for the subsequent violence offence.

Bradu had previously admitted inflicting committing GBH on Hayden Perrill in Gloucester on November 8 last year.

The offence was committed jointly with two other Romanian men, Constantin Balaban, 29, of Trier Way, Gloucester, and Cosmin-Samson Valentin, 19, of Dinley Street, Gloucester, who also pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Perrill with intent to do GBH.

The court was shown the CCTV of the assault of Mr Perrill in Barton Street on November 8 last year.

Mr Worsley said that it had been a revenge attack for an earlier incident.

The prosecutor added: "Later in the evening Mr Perrill was walking along the Barton Street when Bradu emerged from a pub doorway and spotted him and ran after him.

"Bradu is then seen hitting him in the face and the stomach, which winded him and knocked him backwards.

"Both Balaban and Valentin then step in with an array of punches and kicks during which Mr Perrill's jaw was broken and it required metal plates to be inserted during emergency surgery."

Judge Lawrie observed: "This attack is very similar to the attack on the woman who was raped by Bradu."

Giles Nelson, for Balaban, said: "This was a very ugly incident in that it was a sustained attack on Mr Perrill but Balaban did not start it.

"This was an assault that escalated very quickly. It was an incident that happened more than a year ago.

"There was a cultural commonality between the three men, but Balaban didn't know them very well.

"He has been in the UK for seven years and works in the construction industry."

Balaban was sentenced today to three years and four months.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for Valentin as he remains at large after pleading guilty to the assault.

He absconded before he could be sentenced.

Investigating officer DC Steve Martin from the Rape and Sexual Offences team said: "This was a particularly vicious incident where the victim was targeted by a stranger who she had never met before.

"She received support from the team at the Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Clinic (SARC) and I have no doubt that this support helped her to find the incredible strength to see this through.

"Stranger rapes are very rare in Gloucestershire however they can unfortunately happen and sadly but unsurprisingly the victim suffered considerably in terms of her mental health as a consequence of the incident.

"The victim has said that the fact that she was believed was incredibly important to her so now that justice has been achieved this will hopefully help her moving forward."