Plumstead rapist jailed 18 years after the crime
PUBLISHED: 14:27 11 October 2010
An Algerian man has been jailed for eight years for a rape he committed more than 18 years ago.
Following a Cold Case Review, Kadar Bouohut, 46, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday for the rape during the early hours of New Year’s Day 1992 in Plumstead.
Bouohut was caught after his DNA was matched from samples taken from the victim’s clothing.
The court heard how Bouohut accosted the victim who was then 47-years-old, after she had been enjoying New Year’s celebrations in Trafalgar Square, central London. She had caught a night bus home and the suspect had followed her onto the bus pestering her.
He sat next to her and attempted to kiss her and grope her. He got off the bus at the same stop as the victim in Plumstead Common.
Despite running away from the suspect and hiding in nearby Cambridge Row, he managed to find her and held what she believed was a knife to her throat before raping her.
Detective Constable Danny Maiden, said: “On New Year’s Day 1992 Kadar Bouohut was intent on committing a serious sexual offence.
“Having made approaches to a lone woman on a bus, he followed her and threatened her with a knife before raping her. He fled the scene and must have thought that he had got away with it.
“This conviction once again demonstrates that the Metropolitan Police Service is committed to prosecuting offenders for offences that have remained undetected for many years.”
A cold case review team looked at the original forensic exhibits and requested further DNA testing, which then led to the identification of the suspect and the subsequent investigation. In March this year, Bouohut was arrested and charged with rape.