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Man jailed for Enfield rape

News   •   Jun 12, 2020 17:11 BST

[Sevdalin Atanasov]

A man has been jailed for the knife-point rape of a woman in her own home.

Sevdalin Atanasov, 32 (27.02.88) of Exeter Road, Enfield, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 12 June where he was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment for the rape of a woman in Enfield.

Atanasov, who is a Turkish national, had entered a guilty plea for the offence of rape at Wood Green Crown Court in January 2020.

One count of making threats to kill will lie on file.

At around 00:30hrs on Tuesday, 22 October 2019, the female victim, aged in her 30s, awoke to find Atanasov in her bedroom with his hand over her mouth. Holding a knife to her throat, he raped her, while threatening to kill her throughout the attack.

The victim managed to flee to a friend’s address where police were called.

Atanasov was known to one of the victim’s flatmates who had agreed that he could spend the night at the address.

When questioned by police he initially denied the offence, but entered a guilty plea after being presented with forensic evidence of the assault.

Detective Constable Andrew Poore who investigated the offence said: “The effects of Atanasov’s attack, in what should have been the safety of her bedroom, will undoubtedly remain with the victim forever. He took advantage of knowing that she was asleep, alone and vulnerable in her bedroom.

“I hope that knowing he has been jailed brings her a measure of comfort and security and allows her to move forward with her life. I commend the bravery, resolve, and support shown by the victim in this life-changing ordeal. This successful result demonstrates the Met’s commitment to tackling serious sexual offences and to continually strive to protect vulnerable people.”