A man found guilty for assaulting a woman he offered a lift home to has been sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.
During the trial the court heard that on 17th July 2018, Joe Jordan of Barrington Road in Colchester, offered an acquaintance of his a lift home after spotting her on Parkeston Road at around 7.55pm.
Instead of taking her back, he drove to a car park and raped her. Jordan then abandoned her half-naked near her address, where she then collapsed on the pavement.
A neighbour of the victim called an ambulance and noticed she was not wearing any clothing on the lower half of her body.
Less than a week later, on 21st July, he was arrested after DNA linked him to the sexual assault. He was found guilty of one count of rape at Ipswich Crown Court on 26th April and was sentenced today.
Jordan also pleaded guilty to three further offences, which were driving while disqualified, taking a motor vehicle without consent and driving without insurance after it was discovered he did not own the car used in the incident.
Following the result of the case, investigating officer Detective Constable Dianne Smith, said: "Firstly, I want to praise the bravery of the victim for speaking up about this incident, which has impacted every impact of her personal life.
"Her dignity throughout this process has been commendable, and I hope today’s result can allow her to start moving forward.
"There is no question that Jordan’s actions that night were abhorrent. Other witnesses who saw the victim that evening maintain that she was in an extremely vulnerable state, and he chose to exploit that.
"He’s a dangerous individual who saw an opportunity to cause irreparable harm to someone he knew. To this day, he refuses to acknowledge that there was anything wrong with his actions.
"Jordan will remain on the sex offender’s register for life as a stark reminder of the consequences of this unforgivable assault."