A man who held a woman hostage whilst repeatedly raping her been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of 10 offences in July including five counts of rape.
Patrick Healy, 48, of Brockley in South East London, raped and assaulted the victim at her home address in early December 2013, but the incident was not reported to the police.
On 22 December she came home to find him outside her property, and Healy pushed her inside and threatened to kill her. He stole her keys and left the address, locking her inside.
On his return he stopped her from leaving the address and repeatedly raped her until she convinced him to allow her to go to work. Healy escorted the woman to her place of work and once he left she reported her ordeal to the police.
Officers attended the victim’s home address where Healy was found hiding in a cupboard and was arrested.
Detective Constable Keith Tran, from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Rape is often under-reported and victims can suffer in silence. It took tremendous courage from this victim to come forward and report Healy to the police.
“I hope this case gives other victims of rape and abuse the courage to report their offenders to the police with the confidence that they will be believed and they will be supported.”
Healy was convicted of five counts of rape, false imprisonment, sexual assault, common assault and threatens to kill.