A DEPRAVED sex beast raped a woman as she lay unconscious and injured in the street for over an hour.
Aurel Birlan, 44, of Watts Street in Chatham, Kent, repeatedly assaulted his victim during the two-hour ordeal which only ended when he was challenged by a passer-by.
He carried out his vicious attack in the the early hours of a morning in December 2021.
Brilan only stopped when he was interrupted by a man who came across him and the victim.
The man noticed she was in a state of undress, was not moving and appeared to be injured.
He questioned Birlan about what had happened, before calling 999 and waiting with both the offender and victim until police arrived. Birlan, 44, of Chatham, Kent, was arrested at the scene.
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An investigation by the North Kent Phoenix team recovered CCTV which evidenced her repeated pleas for him to stop.
The footage also showed she was unconscious for more than an hour during the assaults.
Birlan was charged with two counts of rape, and three counts of sexual assault.
He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court, and on Tuesday was sentenced to life imprisonment.
He was ordered to serve a minimum of eight years and three months before he is eligible to be considered for parole.
He was also added to the sex offenders’ register for life and made subject of a restraining order, prohibiting him from contacting the victim.
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Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Kendal Moore, said: "Birlan subjected his victim to a prolonged and truly harrowing ordeal, only stopping when a passer-by bravely intervened.
"Today’s sentence will hopefully go some way to allowing the victim to live a normal life, knowing at least this dangerous man is now behind bars.
"She has shown tremendous dignity and bravery throughout the course of this investigation and I wish to commend her for that.
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"I would also like to thank the member of public who challenged Birlan.
"His courageous intervention was absolutely vital in ensuring Birlan was promptly arrested and that the victim was also protected from suffering any further harm."
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