A 48 YEAR old man who posed as a taxi driver and then raped a student after plying her with cocaine and alcohol has been sent to prison.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard that Amos Mbonu had approached the victim after she got off the Tube at the Barbican in the City of London and offered her drugs before taking her to a party in Leytonstone, East London.
Prosecution counsel Tara McCarthy told the jury that the woman had earlier been refused admission to a nightclub because she was drunk and had believed Mbonu was a taxi driver.
He offered to sell her cocaine and then drove her to a party in Leytonstone where he plied her with a bottle of red wine. He later attacked her in a deserted car park, ignoring her pleas that she had a boyfriend. He was identified by his phone number, which he had given to the woman earlier in the evening.
Mbonu from Bow, East London had denied rape but a jury found guilty. Jailing him for 14 years, judge Rajeev Shetty said:
She wanted nothing more than to get home. But unfortunately, through nothing more than bad luck, she came across you.
You enticed her into your car with the offer of Class A drugs after seeing a young female walking alone at night, probably under the influence of alcohol and thought it might be someone you could take advantage of.
The judge added that Mbonu could still be a danger once he was released from prison and ordered he serve another five years on licence.
In an impact statement, the woman said she had been unable to go to university lectures after the attack and may have to repeat her second year. She added: “I don’t go out anymore with my friends. I am afraid I will never enjoy life again.”