Shoreditch man jailed for drugging and raping woman in her Canonbury home
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A man who broke into a woman’s Canonbury home before drugging and raping her has been jailed after he was caught using her bank card in McDonalds.
Daniel Wallace, of Weymouth Terrace, Shoreditch, was sentenced to 12 years at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday.
The court heard how, in the early hours of September 11 last year, a woman in her 20s walked back alone to her home after enjoying an evening out with friends.
Her next recollection was lying on her sofa, unable to move whilst attempting to push an unknown man off her. She then woke up naked in her bed with injuries to her body and discovered property belonging to her and her flatmates had been stolen.
The rape was reported to police and while waiting for forensic test results the victim’s stolen bank card was used at McDonald’s in Walthamstow.
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Wallace, 33, had already been identified from forensic tests and he was then seen on the fast food joint’s CCTV with another man and woman to buy meals.
He was arrested almost two months later and found to be in possession of what the judge described as a “rape kit” – lubricants, the drug GHB and Viagra.
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He refused to answer any questions in a police interview and was charged with rape and burglary. He was found guilty of rape last month following a retrial. He had been found guilty of burglary at the first trial.
Investigating officer Det Con Colin Hutton, said: “Wallace is a dangerous sexual predator who preyed on a vulnerable woman as she made her way home after enjoying an evening out with friends.
“He then drugged and raped her in her own home and then proceeded to burgle the property while she was passed out cold as a result of the GHB he gave her.
“The items found on Wallace upon his arrest show the preparations he had taken to carry out this attack and indicates that he may have been planning to carry out similar offences in the future.
“I would like to praise the victim’s courage for reporting this heinous crime to us and for helping us to put Wallace behind bars and off London’s streets.
“I hope today’s sentence will give the victim some measure of closure and comfort.”