A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of rape.
On Monday, 21 October, Ryan Bruce, 26 of no fixed abode was sentenced to 13 years in prison for two counts of rape.
Detective Constable Michael Dixon, of Central East Command Unit, said: “This was a horrific attack and I am happy that Ryan Bruce has today been sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence. London is a safer place with him behind bars.”
The court heard that on Wednesday, 13 March, Bruce arranged to meet a woman in east London at an address of someone known to him. The house was vacant and Bruce was using the address without the owner’s knowledge or permission.
The woman, aged in her 30s, arrived at approximately 11pm. Bruce invited her in and took her to an upstairs bedroom.
The woman went to take her shoes off, and as she bent down, Bruce struck her several times over the head with a hammer causing a laceration that later required stitches.
The victim thought she was being robbed, and offered him her money. However, he told her to undress and get onto the bed. Out of fear, she got undressed; Bruce then raped her twice.
By chance, a relative of the tenant returned home and heard the victim crying upstairs. Knowing that the house should be empty, they called the police.
They saw Bruce at the top of the stairs waiving the claw hammer telling them to leave the house. They then tackled the suspect and managed to retrieve the weapon however, the suspect fled from the scene.
Bruce was stopped nearby by police officers on Laburhum Street, E2, and was arrested. When he was searched in custody, he was found to have the victim’s mobile phone in his possession.
He was charged the following day with two counts of rape, ABH, false imprisonment and theft. He was remanded in custody.
On Thursday, 1 August at Wood Green Crown Court, Ryan Bruce pleaded guilty to the two charges of rape during a Pre-Trial Review.