25-year-old Anderson Cosma has been found guilty of raping a woman near Bedford’s Embankment.
During the three week trial at Luton Crown Court, which ended on 14 December, the court heard how Cosma, of Kimble Drive, Bedford, met his victim as she walked along The Embankment on 2 February 2018.
He chatted to her briefly before pulling her into some bushes and raping her.
He was caught fleeing the scene by CCTV cameras along The Embankment. Police officers then arrested him in Bedford town centre the following day after recognising him from the CCTV images.
On arrest, it was also discovered that Cosma, who was originally from Romania, had been systematically stalking another victim and had sexually assaulted her. He was also found guilty of theses crimes at the trial.
Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd, of Bedfordshire Police’s specialist Emerald unit, which investigates rape and serious sexual assault, said: “This is one of the worst crimes that can happen to an individual.
“The jury’s verdict now ensures this individual can no longer cause harm to others, and we have been able to provide some justice for the victims who can now begin to rebuild their lives.”
Victims of rape and sexual assault can receive support and guidance from Bedfordshire Police and partner agencies including the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), as well as support through the criminal investigation process.
Reports can be made to police on 101 or through Bedfordshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) the Emerald Centre, by visiting www.emeraldcentre.org, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01234 897052.
Cosma will be sentenced on 1 February 2019 at the Central Criminal Court.