Man sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping woman twice

A man who raped a woman on two occasions has been jailed for a total of 18 years.

Jimmy Prospere

Jimmy Prospere, 47, of Bishopsthorpe Road, SE26 was jailed on 19th September 2014 at Woolwich Crown Court for two counts of rape after being found guilty following a trial at the same venue in August.

Prospere, who knew his victim, used violence and intimidation over a period of time against the woman in her 40s.

On two occasions, in January and May 2013, Prospere raped the woman, using a knife to threaten her during the January attack.

The victim managed to gather the courage to report the abuse to police in September 2013.

DC Claire Rutherford, who led the investigation for the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “The victim has shown immense courage and resilience throughout the investigation and the court process, and I hope that this conviction helps her find closure in due course.

“I also hope that this conviction acts as a means of encouragement for those women who suffer from sexual abuse to feel reassured that the police take these matters very seriously and will pursue such allegations thoroughly.”