A Bedford man has been jailed for six years after he raped a woman and left her with lasting fear and anxiety.
Paramanathan Nanthasri, 38, was found guilty of one count of rape after a trial, after he denied the charge.
In September 2019, Nanthasri, of Chiltern Avenue, Bedford, was working in a shop he owned, when the victim walked in to inquire about job opportunities.
Under the pretext of continuing this discussion, Nanthasri encouraged the victim to accompany him to the back of the property where he doused her with strong alcoholic beverages before stripping her and raping her.
The victim disclosed the assault to her partner and to the police shortly after the ordeal.
Nanthasri claimed that the entire store was equipped with a CCTV system, which was seized by investigators. Upon examination by officers, it was discovered that back office footage was missing at the time of the breach.
Additionally, DNA linking him to the offense was found on the victim.
During the trial, Nanthasri maintained his innocence and created elaborate explanations for the missing images and DNA found on the victim.
The victim said in his impact statement: ‘It made me question myself, my judgment and my worth. I have flashbacks and think about what happened most of the time.
Nanthasri was sentenced on Wednesday March 23 at Cambridge Crown Court and was also placed on the sex offender register for life.
Detective Constable Lynn Adams, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crimes Unit, said: ‘Nanthasri has denied the offence, putting the victim through the further ordeal of a trial.
“The victim showed great bravery in making his statement and, with the strong evidence gathered by our investigators, the jury found him guilty.
“We hope this result will reassure anyone who has experienced the trauma of rape or serious sexual assault. We have specialist officers trained to support people who have experienced these horrific offences.
“No one should feel like they can’t talk about the abuse and we will listen to every report and treat it seriously.”