Oxford

Man admits knifepoint Raleigh Park rape

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Image caption The woman was attacked in Raleigh Park, Oxford

A man has admitted raping a woman at knifepoint near a university campus in Oxford.

The victim was attacked as she walked in Harcourt Hill, opposite the Oxford Brookes campus, on 10 January.

She was approached from behind and taken to Raleigh Park, where she was assaulted, Thames Valley Police said.

Mark Pearton, 44, of Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court to rape, assault and possession of a knife in public.

He will be sentenced on 6 April.

Image caption The attack happened near the Oxford Brookes campus

Det Sgt Ben Henley said Pearton had committed "terrible offences".

He added: "He is an offender who threatened the victim with a knife before raping her. Rightly, he will now be sentenced for one of the most serious of crimes.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victim for the bravery she has shown during this horrendous time and I am pleased she will not have to go through the added ordeal of giving evidence in court."

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