A man who grabbed a woman off the street and raped her been jailed for ten years.

Ricky Otusi, 24, (4.8.92), of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, 3 November, for two counts of rape and one of robbery.

Otusi pleaded guilty to the charges at the same court on 5 August.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, 11 June, Otusi grabbed from behind a woman, aged in her 20s, who was walking along Long Lane, Finchley, near the junction with Vines Avenue. He put his hand over her mouth and said: “Say anything and I will stab you.”

Otusi then pulled the victim into a nearby front garden, struck her several times in the face and raped her. He then asked the victim for money. She handed him the £25 she had in her purse and he left.

Detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command identified Otusi following an extensive review of CCTV footage. Otusi was not known to the victim. He was charged on 7 July.

Detective Inspector Christine Edgar, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “This was an extremely nasty attack which has left the victim very distressed.

“I must commend the victim on her bravery and courage in coming forward and supporting the police investigation.

“I hope today’s sentence helps bring the victim some closure and sends a clear message that those who commit this kind of offence will be severely punished.”

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