A 25-year-old man has been convicted of rape following an incident in the Abington area of Northampton.
In the early hours of October 11, 2020, a woman was enjoying an evening in the garden with her housemates after a long shift at work.
Also invited to the house that night was an acquaintance of one of the occupants - Nicu Botnari, previously of the Headlands, Northampton.
After the woman had called it a night and headed back to her bedroom to get some sleep, she awoke to find Botnari on top her, committing rape.
Following the incident, Botnari left the house and a short time later, the woman reported the incident to police.
An investigation was launched leading to the arrest and charge of Botnari on two counts of rape.
At Northampton Crown Court last week (December 14) he was found guilty on one count and not guilty on the other. He will be sentenced at the same court on January 23 next year.
Lead Investigator – Detective Sergeant Andrea Taylor, said: “This was an absolutely horrific incident for this woman to go through and I am so pleased for her that we have had a positive result from court.
“This case has had an enormous impact on her resulting in her having to move away from the county and she still struggles every day with memories of the assault.
“Though nothing will erase what happened to her, she can be proud that her bravery in coming forward and supporting this case throughout has resulted in a rapist being taken off our streets, unable to harm anyone else.
“Reporting sexual assault to the police is not an easy thing to do by any means. We realise that it is an extremely daunting prospect and so I want to reassure people that when we do get reports of this nature that they are treated with sensitivity and compassion.
“We will believe you, we will support you, and we will do everything we can to put the person who did this behind bars.”
If you are not yet ready to speak to the police, please visit www.voicenorthants.org or call Voice on 0300 303 1965.
*This press release and custody image have been released with the support and agreement of the survivor*