Rapist who tied up victim at Loughborough home jailed

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image captionHyung-Woo Pyo was studying in the UK at the time of the attack

A man who broke into a woman's home in Loughborough then tied up and raped her has been jailed for eight years.

Hyung-Woo Pyo, 22, of Leopold Street, Loughborough, also stole some of the 20-year-old victim's possessions.

At Leicester Crown Court, the Korean national admitted rape, robbery and possession of a bladed article.

Pyo was jailed for four years for robbery and a year for possessing a bladed weapon to run concurrently with his sentence for rape.

Afterwards, Det Insp Chris Barratt from Signal, Leicestershire Constabulary's specialist rape investigation team, said: "Thankfully he spared the victim the trauma of having to relive this ordeal by pleading guilty.

"She's desperately trying to move on with her life and put this whole episode behind her.

"Sexual assaults by strangers are extremely rare occurrences, incidences such as these, where an offender has broken into the victim's home, are rarer still.

"But it doesn't take a big stretch of the imagination to imagine how terrifying this must have been for her."

Detectives said Pyo, who was studying in the UK at the time of the incident, was identified after forensic tests showed he was already on the DNA database, having previously been arrested on suspicion of burglary offences.

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