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Teen rapist was every woman's nightmare'

PUBLISHED: 11:51 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:55 25 August 2010

Michael Peters

Michael Peters

A 19-YEAR-OLD rapist has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for raping a woman two years older than him. Michael Peters, 19, of Ross House, Master Gunner Place, Woolwich, admitted following the victim as she walked along Station Road in Crayford and

A 19-YEAR-OLD rapist has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for raping a woman two years older than him.

Michael Peters, 19, of Ross House, Master Gunner Place, Woolwich, admitted following the victim as she walked along Station Road in Crayford and dragging her along the pavement to a disused wasteland where he raped her.

He followed her along Crayford Road and then when she approached the junction with Whitehill Road, he pounced on the 21-year-old from behind.

She screamed and Peters hit her and started dragging her away. He forced her to perform a sex act on him before raping her, at approximately 12.50am on April 23 this year.

DNA evidence was obtained and Peters was arrested within five days of the rape and remanded in custody on April 29.

He pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday to two counts of rape and was sentenced the next day.

His name will remain on the sex offenders register for life.

Judge Charles Byers told Peters: "I regard this as a sustained attack because you took a complete stranger off the streets, attacked her from behind, using violence and then raping her in a dark and secluded area. It must be every woman's nightmare. You have manifested yourself to be a danger to women.

"You are as yet a young man, but you committed a most unpleasant and horrific crime against a 21-year-old female. She had every right to go home unmolested, instead you brutally raped her.

"You initially denied this allegation but because of the forensic evidence you pleaded guilty.

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