A rapist who attacked a teenage woman in a dark alley forced his victim to relive the nightmare in court – despite overwhelming DNA evidence against him.
A jury took less than half an hour to convict Current Mutanga, 27, of Villa Road, Luton, of raping the 18-year-old in Peterborough in the early hours of December 22 last year.
Mutanga, who has played football for 61FC in Luton, asked the woman for a light for his cigarette, before stalking her through the streets until she neared an alleyway, when he pounced.
Despite her struggles and screams for help, he raped her before she could escape and run home.
Mutanga was caught after detectives recovered a DNA sample from his victim. The sample matched Mutanga, who had previously been jailed for domestic assaults and breaching a restraining order.
However, despite the strong evidence against him, he denied the offence, forcing his young victim to relive the horror and give evidence in court.
Det Con Andy Macdonald said similar incidents were very rare.
He said: “Mutanga’s actions will have a lasting effect on the victim who has shown great bravery throughout the investigation and in coming to court to give evidence against her attacker.
“We are pleased he has now been brought to justice and hope she will now be able to start to move on with her life.”
He will be sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on October 8.