A U.K. man was found guilty this week of kidnapping and twice raping a queer woman he had lured into his car under false pretenses last April.It took the jury of eight men and four women roughly two hours to convict Yuseab Woldeab, 28, of the charges at Plymouth Crown Court in England, according to the Plymouth Herald.During the four-day trial, prosecutors alleged Woldeab had been “prowling the streets looking for a victim” before he lured the woman, who was intoxicated, into his car by falsely claiming he was a taxi driver, then taking her to his Plymouth flat, where he raped her vaginally and anally.The unidentified queer woman, who is in her 20s, was able to escape the flat while Woldeab was in the bathroom.“This was a truly horrendous and disturbing crime,” Chris Kinski, senior investigating officer detective for Plymouth’s Sexual Offenses Investigation Team, told reporters outside the courtroom following the verdict. “Woldeab could see that the victim was vulnerable, as she was heavily intoxicated.
He used this entirely to his advantage when approaching her that night. We believe he had been prowling the streets looking for a victim prior to spotting her.”During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that the victim had spent the evening drinking and barhopping with friends before she attempted to walk home alone early the following morning.
Closed-circuit TV footage showed Woldead driving around the area, which is known for the presence of sex workers, before observing the victim.