Im­mi­grant beat and raped woman

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A SLO­VAKIAN man who raped a vul­ner­a­ble woman af­ter drag­ging her from a bus stop and hit­ting her re­peat­edly with a stone has been jailed for 14 years.

Zdenko Tur­tak, 22, left the 18-year-old woman with se­vere in­juries af­ter she was dragged be­hind a hedge and bat­tered 18 times with the rock.

A court heard that Tur­tak grabbed the woman, who was just 5ft tall, slim and wear­ing tra­di­tional Mus­lim dress, as she waited for a bus in the Bee­ston area of Leeds.

He car­ried her into a gar­den, where he beat her with a stone he had in his pocket and then raped her.

The at­tack was caught by a CCTV cam­era and footage was also found of Tur­tak fol­low­ing other women in Leeds in the hours lead­ing up to this of­fence.

Tur­tak, from Velka Ida, Kosice, Slo­vakia, fled to his na­tive coun­try as a huge search was launched by West York­shire Po­lice.

He was traced af­ter a DNA match and ex­tra­dited back to the UK.

Tur­tak, ad­mit­ted rape and griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent ear­lier this year but de­nied at­tempted mur­der.

At Leeds Crown Court the judge said: “You seized her and by sheer brute force over­whelmed her and bun­dled her into the small gar­den. There was a high hedge be­tween that gar­den and the foot­path.

“Al­though she strug­gled, she had no chance of re­sist­ing you. Con­tin­u­ing your at­tack, you pushed her face down to the ground and held her down.

“With her face pressed against the ground she was un­able to scream or raise any alarm. She tried to strug­gle free. In or­der to quell her, you took a large stone from your pocket. You then struck her 18 times about her head with fe­ro­cious blows.”

The judge said the at­tack would af­fect the vic­tim for the rest of her life, adding: “The ef­fect has been pro­found, and that ef­fect is likely to re­main.

“She be­lieves it will af­fect her whole life, in­clud­ing her prospects of mar­riage. In those short eight min­utes you de­stroyed her young life.”

He said Tur­tak was a “dan­ger­ous” of­fender as he im­posed an ex­tended sen­tence of 20 years, with a cus­to­dial sen­tence of 14 years and an ex­ten­sion pe­riod of six years.

Tur­tak will have to serve at least two-thirds of the cus­to­dial sen­tence be­fore be­ing con­sid­ered for re­lease.

As Tur­tak was led from the dock, mem­bers of the vic­tim’s fam­ily shouted “mon­ster” and “rapist”. MON­STER: Tur­tak was traced through his DNA

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