Homeless migrant jailed for ‘terrifying’ rape

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A homeless migrant who carried out a ‘terrifying’ rape in Boston has been jailed for six years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Latvian national Aleksandrs Meduneckis punched and kicked his victim during an attack described by a judge as ‘dreadful and appalling’.

The 30-year-old former factory worker was living rough in Boston and suffering from drug addiction when he committed the assault in August last year, the court was told on Thursday.

In a statement which was read out in court, his victim, who can not be named for legal reasons, said she still suffered from nightmares and flashbacks.

A witness who saw the woman shortly after the attack noticed she was trembling and had a bruise on her head.

The first police officer to see the woman described her as ‘distressed, crying and out of breath’.

Robert Underwood, prosecuting, told the court: “He bit her on the arm, he punched her, he kicked her, he raped her and threatend to kill her.”

The court was told Meduneckis moved to the UK in 2009 and worked night shifts in a factory but began injecting amphetamines three times a week.

For the two weeks before the attack Meduneckis had been living rough in sheds and other outbuildings in Boston. He was arrested at a property in Boston after the woman reported the rape.

The court heard Meduneckis was now free of drugs and ‘disgusted’ by what he had done.

Meduneckis, of no fixed address, admitted charges of rape, assault causing actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill on 25 August, last year.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told him: “This was a dreadful, appalling, terrifying incident.”

Judge Heath added: “It will take her a long time, if ever, to get over what happened.”