A man on a work trip from the South Coast raped one woman and carried out a second sex attack an hour later.
Wilfred Marodza left both women fearing for their lives after grabbing them in separate incidents in the early hours of July 20 last year, the first in Great Dover Street, Southwark.
She was raped in a nearby wooded area off Brockham Street.
The second was attacked only a few hundred yards away in Borough High Street.
Marodza was arrested that same day at his home address in Kingston Road, Eastbourne.
He admitted multiple offences committed in quick succession against two women and was jailed at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, January 16, for a total of 14 years.
Marodza first struck when a 21-year-old woman, walking home in Great Dover Street shortly after 2.30am on Saturday, July 20 last year, was approached from behind by an unknown man and marched to a nearby wooded area off Brockham Street.
She was then threatened and raped multiple times.
The victim managed to escape and, fearing for her life, ran to a nearby street. A passing motorist stopped. When challenged, Marodza claimed that he and the victim were having a domestic argument.
The victim, desperate to reach safety, got into the car and was taken to a police station – but was so disorientated and traumatised that she then ran into a nearby fast food restaurant, where staff called police.
Just an hour later, a 25-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop in Borough High Street and was approached by Marodza, who offered to accompany her to a nearby cab office.
But as they walked there, he pulled her into a side street where she was threatened and pushed to the ground. When she managed to scream, he fled the scene.
Officers from the South Central Command Unit launched an immediate investigation, which led to Marodza, who was in London on a work trip, being identified. He was charged on Wednesday, July 24 and remanded in custody.
Mobile phone and CCTV evidence linked him to the offences and, when interviewed, he answered ‘no comment’ throughout.
His Honour Judge Seed QC praised the investigation for its sensitivity and care towards the victims, Marodza pleaded guilty to four counts of rape in relation to the first victim and an additional count of kidnap.
He admitted one count of kidnap and one count of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence against the second victim.
He also pleaded not guilty to one count of kidnap in relation to the first victim – this last count was left to lie on file.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Jonny Norman, from the South Central Command Unit, said: “I would like to recognise the dignity and courage of both women who were subjected to horrifying ordeals after having the dreadful misfortune of being targeted by Marodza.
“He is a dangerous predator who took sinister advantage of being in London to violently attack two women.
“Both were left in fear of their lives and he will now serve a substantial amount of time behind bars, where he can bring no further harm to women.
“I would like to thank the investigative team whose excellent policing work quickly led to Marodza’s arrest. While recognising that this sentencing will not compensate for being violently attacked and a lifetime of dealing with the psychological impact of such an ordeal, I hope both women feel that justice has been done.
“I also urge victims of sexual offences to report what has happened to you. You will be listened to and our team of specially trained officers will offer every available support while enquiries are taking place.”
Marodza will remain on the sex offenders register for life.
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