Man convicted of rape after alleyway attack

Luton Crown Court. Image: Thomas Nugent/Geograph
Luton Crown Court. Image: Thomas Nugent/Geograph

A man who followed a woman down an alleyway in Bedford during the early hours of the morning and raped her has been convicted.

Philip Mundle was found guilty of rape in connection to the attack in Silver Street, Bedford in April this year.

CCTV captured 31-year-old Mundle lurking in the area, where he appeared to be on the lookout for vulnerable women.

He followed the 18-year-old victim down an alleyway who was on her way home from a nearby bar at around 4am.

After the attack, the victim approached the police night-time economy van and reported what had happened. Mundle was arrested on suspicion of rape near the scene shortly afterwards.

Earlier this week (30 October), at Luton Crown Court, he was found guilty of one count of rape.

Detective Constable Philippa McCarthy from Bedfordshire Police’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) team, said: “The evidence showed that Mundle deliberately preyed on and targeted what he considered to be a vulnerable woman.

“The victim in this case has showed enormous courage to come forward and speak to officers immediately and throughout the case, to help ensure Mundle was brought to justice for his crimes.

“Women deserve to feel safe in public spaces and should not have to worry.

“Predators like Mundle who act in this kind of appalling way will be relentlessly pursued by our officers and put where they deserve to be – behind bars.”

Mundle, of no fixed abode, is due for sentencing on 15 December.

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