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​A man has been found guilty of rape, false imprisonment and GBH

News   •   Mar 28, 2021 11:17 BST

Yonattan Aroldy Gonzalez Pineda, 33, (20.12.1987) of no fixed abode, was found guilty on Friday, 26 March, following a joint trial for the grievous bodily harm of a woman in Southwark and the false imprisonment, grievous bodily harm and rape of a woman in Haringey.

The court heard that on 30, November 2019 Pineda harassed a woman, known to him at a bar in Southwark.

Whilst at the bar, Pineda attempted to engage in conversation with the woman, despite her repeatedly stating for him to leave her alone.

The woman decided to leave the bar with her friend. Unbeknown to them, Pineda followed them out. He then assaulted the woman and hit her with a glass bottle leaving her with lacerations to the face.

The women ran away to a nearby police station to report it, where the woman received medical treatment.

Pineda was subsequently arrested on 3 December 2019 and charged by postal requisition on 9 April with grievous bodily harm (GBH).

He was bailed to appear at Inner London Crown Court for trial on 7 May 2020.

On 23 June 2020 whilst awaiting trial, Pineda assaulted, imprisoned and raped a woman who was visiting his house in West Green Road in Haringey.

The woman reported the incident to police the next day and officers launched a search for his whereabouts.

He was arrested on 4 July 2020 on suspicion of rape, false imprisonment and GBH.

He remained in custody until he was charged on 6 July 2020 with GBH, false imprisonment and rape.

Pineda pleaded not guilty to all counts for both incidents. Following a two week trial at Wood Green Crown Court on 15 March, 2021, he was found guilty for the following counts;

  • Grievous bodily harm –two counts
  • False imprisonment
  • Rape

He will be sentenced on 28 May 2021.

Detective Constable Myles Bossman, from the Met's North Area Public Protection Team said:

“Pineda is highly dangerous individual. He has subjected two women who he formed a relationship with to significant violence and has shown no remorse for his actions. The verdict is welcomed as it sends a clear message that such acts will not be tolerated.

“I would like to thank both victims for coming forward and supporting the police investigation. I hope this conviction goes some way to providing closure for the victims after what must have been a horrific experience.”

Detective Chief Inspector Naomi Edwards, from the Met’s North Area Public Protection Investigations, said: “This unit remains dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable members of our society. I hope this result reassures our local community that sexual assault and violence will not be tolerated in any form. Victims of abuse and sexual violence should feel confident and trust that their local officers will work tirelessly to seek justice and protect those at risk of harm.

“The Met encourages anyone who is victim or witness to sexual assault, to contact police. We have specially trained officers who will give advice and ongoing support.

“Should you wish to report a crime, you can do so by contacting police on 101 or reporting online. Always call 999 in an emergency.­’’

+ If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.

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