Rapist found guilty of Southampton Riverside Park attack

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Jozef Janczura, 34 of Laburnum Road, Southampton has been found guilty of raping and assaulting an 18-year-old woman in Riverside Park in Southampton on December 2, 2018.


An  investigation was launched  last year, called Operation Scorch, which was a case where young woman was attacked and raped in Riverside Park in the evening of December 2. More than a year after this terrible crime happened, the Jury at Southampton Crown court delivered a verdict of guilty today (December 11) on both counts following a three day trial.

Officers submitted CCTV and DNA evidence, linking Janczura to the crime.

He will be sentenced on January 16, 2020.

This investigation shows the capability of Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Team to find a dangerous offender in the community. We, along with support from our colleagues in specialist teams, were determined to find a forensic match and we would have stopped at nothing to find it. The significance of forensic evidence is undeniable, which is why we have been able to bring Janczura to justice today.

We would like to commend the woman on her bravery and courage, which has helped secure this verdict against a very dangerous man. I hope this court result will go some way towards her helping her start to move forward with her life.