Man found guilty of raping woman in bushes close to Bedford river

Court news. NNL-160706-163936001
Court news. NNL-160706-163936001

A man has been found guilty of raping a woman near Bedford Embankment.

Anderson Cosma, 25, originally from Romania, but now of Kimble Drive, Bedford, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court on Friday following a three-week trial, for the rape of a woman in her 40s. He was also convicted for the stalking and sexual assault of another woman.

Thhe court heard Cosma met the woman at around 6.30pm on Friday, February 2. After a short conversation, he carried her into some nearby bushes where he raped her, and then fled the scene when she said she would call the police.

Later that evening, the victim disclosed what had happened to a friend who reported the assault.

Cosma was captured on several CCTV cameras along The Embankment area around the time of the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of rape on Tuesday, February 13, by officers who saw him in Bedford town centre and identified him from the CCTV.

On arrest, it was also discovered that Cosma had been systematically stalking another victim and had subjected her to a sexual assault.

Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd, of Bedfordshire Police’s specialist Emerald unit, which investigates rape and serious sexual assault, said: “This is one of the worst crimes that can happen to an individual.

“The jury’s verdict now ensures this individual can no longer cause harm to others, and we have been able to provide some justice for the victims who can now begin to rebuild their lives.”

Cosma will be sentenced on February1, 2019 at the Central Criminal Court.

Victims of rape and sexual assault can receive support and guidance from Bedfordshire Police and partner agencies including the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), as well as support through the criminal investigation process.

Reports can be made to police on 101. You can also contact Bedfordshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) the Emerald Centre, by visiting www.emeraldcentre.org, emailing info@emeraldcentre.org or calling 01234 897052.

Always call 999 in an emergency.