Two men have been jailed for a total of 20 years today, Wednesday, February 20, after raping a woman in her home in Colchester.
Claudiu Ivascu, 23, of Sycamore Road, Colchester, received 12 year concurrent sentences for two counts of rape at Chelmsford Crown Court. Nicolae Mihai, 22, of Albert Street, Colchester, received eight years for rape.
They were both found guilty of the offences on Monday, January 14, following a six day trial at the same court.
The jury were unable to reach a verdict on a charge of assault of a woman by penetration in relation to Mihai.
On Friday, April 14, 2017, Ivascu and Mihai were inside a property heavily intoxicated along with the victim, who had not been drinking.
While inside Ivascu claimed it was his birthday and made sexual demands because of this. He then raped her and held the woman down as Mihai raped her. They were both arrested later that day.
Investigating officer DC Liv Howells, of Essex Police’s Adult Sexual Abuse Investigations Team, said: “Today, two sexual predators have been sent to prison after raping a woman in her own home.
“She was attacked in a place she considered safe by a person who she knew and his friend. Our communities can only be a safer place with both removed from our streets.
“I would like to continue to praise the victim for her courage not only coming forward and reporting the offence but assisting us throughout the entire case.
“She bravely attended sentencing today and read her victim impact statement in court.
“I would urge anyone who has experienced a rape or a similar scenario, to come forward and report it to our officers on 101. We have specialist officers who will give you the support you need as we investigate the offences.”