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Stefan Bolohan jailed for 13 years for raping woman in Bridgwater

A MAN who raped a woman on a green in Bridgwater has been jailed for 13 years.

Stefan Bolohan, of no fixed address, was jailed on Friday (May 24) at Taunton Crown Court – sitting at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court – after a jury found him guilty in March to one count of rape.

The court heard how on June 3, 2022, 39-year-old Bolohan attacked a woman on the green opposite Clarks Road.

The incident was reported to police the following day (June 4) and detectives carried out a CCTV trawl of the area to collect evidence.

After a public appeal to identify a suspect in CCTV footage, Bolohan was identified and arrested.

Detective Inspector Claire Millington described Bolohan as a “danger to women” and said she was grateful this was recognised in his sentence.

“I want to thank the public for sharing our media appeal which ultimately assisted us in identifying Stefan Bolohan as the offender,” she added.

“The CCTV in this case showed that Bolohan was calculated and predatory, following the victim and, when she was isolated and in an area of darkness, he took the opportunity to attack her and subject her to a horrific ordeal.”

In a statement read out in court, the victim said: “Since the night it happened, I have tried my best to continue with life for my family. But this is easier said than done.

“There are constant reminders, and even without those reminders, I struggle to block out the awful fears, anger, anxiety and questions.”

DI Millington added: “I cannot put into words the courage and bravery the victim has shown in not only coming forward to the police, but supporting the police investigation and giving evidence in court.”

Judge Cook sentenced Bolohan to 13 years behind bars, with an extended period of three years on licence.

Along with the sentence, Bolohan was ordered to sign onto the sex offenders’ register. The judge also granted a life-long restraining order against Bolohan not to contact the victim.

* If you are a victim of rape or sexual assault, please come forward. It is never too late to report offences to police.
Victims of rape or sexual assault, recent or non-recent, can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at www.thebridgecanhelp.org.uk, or call 0117 342 6999.

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