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JAILED: 18 years for raping Guildford teen in terrifying hour-long ordeal

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JAILED: 18 years for raping Guildford teen in terrifying hour-long ordeal

Published at 4:49pm 19th May 2017. (Updated at 5:04pm 19th May 2017)

A man has been jailed for 18 years for raping and threatening to kill a teenager near the Guildford Spectrum.

32-year-old Avan Mogridge, of Church Street in Stamford, carried out the attack in October 2016.

His 18-year-old victim was on her way to work in the early hours of Saturday October 22nd when she was attacked.

She was grabbed, forced into a wooded area, held to the ground and threatened, before being raped and sexually assaulted.

The attack last for one hour.

Mogridge was convicted of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual penetration and threats to kill.

In a statement read out in court, his victim said: "I used to be a bubbly and confident girl and enthusiastic about life and living it.

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"I had dreams for my future and dreams to achieve my dreams. I am now traumatised, scared, drained and frightened.

"What sort of life is this? It's not. It's an existence. I haven't been able to work and I loved my job.

"I used to love my life, my friends and family, my work, my independence, my hopes and dreams. But all that changed. One day in October, because of one person.

"My life turned upside down and my dreams disappeared."

Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Tim Faltermeyer, said: "I hope that the victim can somehow find the strength to get on with the rest of her life knowing that justice has been served.

"This was a horrifying and traumatising hour-long attack on an innocent young woman and I would like to commend her for the sheer bravery she has shown throughout the court process.

"I would also like to thank the couple who witnessed and intervened and called police that morning, without them who knows how long the attack could have lasted.

"I hope this reassures anybody who may have been a victim of sexual assault or rape that we take reports extremely seriously and specialist officers will always investigate fully and sensitively."

Mogridge was sentenced to 18 years behind bars, 14 of which custodial with four years on licence.

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