28th Jul, 2017

Three men jailed after being found guilty of gang raping a woman in Coventry

THREE men have been jailed for a total of 27 years after they were found guilty at Warwick Crown Court of the gang rape of a woman in Coventry.

The incident happened on January 27 2016, where the victim visited the Grosvenor Casino at the Ricoh Arena for a social evening.

At around 11pm, she left the casino and met Calin Lacatus, 28.

Following a chat, he agreed to give the victim a lift home.

As the victim got into a Volkswagen Golf with Lacatus, they were joined in the car by 21-year-old Timotei Baran and 28-year-old Constantin Vila.

While the vehicle was driven around Coventry, the victim was prevented from leaving the car and sexually assaulted by the defendants.

They then drove to a location where the victim was raped.

She eventually managed to escape and called a friend who managed to locate her and driver her back to the Casino from where the police were contacted.

Following a three week trial, the defendants were found guilty of and sentenced.

Calin Lacatus was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, Timotei Baran was jailed for nine years and Constantin Vila for eight years.

All three defendants have also been placed on to the sex offenders register for life.

Jonathan Kelleher, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “These defendants are dangerous sexual predators who preyed on a vulnerable woman.

“They subjected the victim to a horrendous sexual assault after luring her into their car under the pretence of giving her a lift home.

“We would like to take this opportunity of commending the victim for her support and helping us to bring these three men to justice.”