A Slovakian man has this week been jailed after raping a woman over three years ago and fleeing the country.
Vladimir Girga, 27, of no fixed address, was sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment after pleading guilty to the charge of rape and failing to answer bail.
Stoke-on-Trent crown court heard how Girga had raped his victim back in October 2015, after targeting her and consistently making advances during a party at the shared accommodation she lived in.
Refusing to take no for an answer, he followed her after she left the party and forced entry into her room pushing her onto the bed.
The court heard how the victim had throughout the night refused Girga’s advances and kept pushing him away when he tried to kiss her explaining that she had a boyfriend.
Peter McCartney, prosecuting said: “He followed her and had his foot in the doorway, he pushed the door open and then pushed her onto the bed.
“He pinned her down and pulled her trousers off.
“She was shouting but he took no notice and put his other hand over her mouth, so she couldn’t speak at all.
“He took his top off and then his trousers and raped her.”
Prosecutor McCartney then went on to explain the impact this has had on the victim’s life. He said: “She has had to move out of stoke to the countryside as it’s quiet and she doesn’t have to see many people.
“Her son hears her crying most days, it has affected everything it could possibly effect.”
Girga then fled the UK immediately after the offence and was arrested at Luton Airport on September 5, 2016. He was bailed and expected to appear at court in March 2017 but did not attend, again having fled the country.
It was not until a European arrest warrant was issued that he returned to the UK.
Mitigating Paul Cliff, said: “He entered that plea knowing full well the likely sentence.
“It takes a degree of courage and of responsibility to enter his plea under those circumstances.
“And he has saved the victim the ordeal of reliving the events of that night.”
The court heard how the victim was told not to call the police by the defendants friends who had attended the party as he had only been in the UK for a few months at the time.
Addressing Girga, Judge Paul Glenn, said: “You targeted your victim that night, you were persistent, and you would not take no for an answer.
“You caused the delay and have exasperated the harm caused to the victim because this offence is now over 3 years old.
“It was a deliberate attempt on your part to avoid justice.
“Deportation may well be triggered and frankly I hope it is.”
Detective Constable Matthew Jones, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Thanks to the courage and determination of the victim in coming forward Vladimir Girga is now behind bars.
“We will always do whatever it takes to bring offenders to justice, while ensuring victims and witnesses are offered the support they need.”
Girga has now been placed on the sex offenders list for life and is expected to serve at least half of his sentence before being released on bail.