Violent sex attacker jailed for 20 years
A Lithuanian man has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for attempted murder and two counts of rape.
Arturas Ardavicius (26) of Bonchurch Street, Leicester, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in January after after a nine-day trial. Today he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and put on the sex offenders’ register.
During the trial, the jury heard that at about 3.30am on Saturday, July 7, last year, a woman in her 30s was sexually assaulted in a car in Richard III Road, close to St Nicholas Circle.
The victim did not know her attacker but had spent time with him just prior to the incident.
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The victim managed to get out of the car and alert a member of the public.
A red hatchback was seen in the area and officers released CCTV images of the vehicle along with an appeal for witnesses.
Detective Constable Nikki McLatchie, the investigating officer from the Signal Team, said: “This is a good result and should send a positive message to other victims of sexual assault.
“Leicestershire Police takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously and we always investigate them thoroughly.
“This was a horrific assault and a very difficult and complex investigation and the victim showed commendable bravery.”