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Man jailed for raping and threatening to stab woman in Sheffield

A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for raping a woman in Sheffield.

David Lopez Credit: South Yorkshire Police

After a week long trial David Vieira Lopez, of Homestead Road, was found guilty by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court. The 28 year old was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for Life.

The court heard how Lopez attacked the 36-year-old woman in the Wilson Street area of the city. He threatened to stab her before raping her and walking away.

The woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - managed to call 999 during the attack, which happened in June last year. Officers were able to secure DNA evidence at the scene that tied Lopez to the crime.

I am grateful to the victim for her bravery, both while this horrific attack took place and throughout our subsequent investigation.

Lopez has shown no remorse for his awful crime, refusing to accept responsibility and taking this matter to trial where a jury found him guilty.

He is now behind bars where he can cause no further harm and I hope the victim is reassured by this result today.

I also hope this successful conviction and sentencing encourages others who have been victims of sexual offences to have the confidence to come forward, knowing you will be listened to and we will investigate.”

– Detective Constable Sam Wardman, South Yorkshire Police