A man who raped a woman in Bedford in November has been jailed for five years.
Maciej Andrzejczyk, 38, of no fixed address, was found guilty of rape following the incident which happened in the KFC on Tavistock Street on November 14 last year.
He was sentenced to five years and three months at Luton Crown Court and his name will be put on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
The woman had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday when she was raped by Andrzejczyk in the toilets of the restaurant.
Two days later he was arrested in Bedford town centre after a police officer recognised him from the CCTV footage.
Detective Inspector Jenny McIntyre, who leads Bedfordshire Police’s Rape Investigation Unit, said: “Andrzejczyk committed a horrific and inexcusable crime against a young woman who had been enjoying an evening out with friends.
“Thanks to the hard work of our officers, this dangerous man has been put behind bars, and we hope this is seen as a warning to anyone else who thinks it’s acceptable to act in this way.
“The victim has understandably been left traumatised by this incident and we hope that now justice has been done she will be able to start to move on with her life.
“Bedfordshire Police works hard to protect people and fight crime together and we are completely committed to investigating such cases thoroughly and bringing the offenders to justice.”