CCTV shows moment rapist was caught by police at coach station

The moment police found rapist Rosario Raquel Dos Reis <i>(Image: Hampshire police)</i>
The moment police found rapist Rosario Raquel Dos Reis (Image: Hampshire police)

CCTV footage shows the moment police tracked down a rapist at a Southampton coach station.

Rosario Raquel Dos Reis, 27, was caught at the National Express station in Harbour Parade shortly after raping a woman in Palmerston Park.

Reis, a factory worker who had moved to the UK a year before the attack, took advantage of the 19-year-old woman while she was drunk and alone.

Reis goaded her into a bush in a secluded area where he attacked her.

On Thursday he was jailed for eight years and four months at Southampton Crown Court, with a six-year extended period on licence.

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Southampton Superintendent Phil Lamb said after the sentencing: "I fully appreciate how frightening incidents of this nature are to Southampton residents, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that no matter the circumstances, we are committed to supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault and will do everything we can to identify offenders and put them in front of a court.

“Officers are out patrolling the city centre and surrounding parks every weekend at key times.

"More than £600,000 has recently been spent in Southampton via the Safer Streets Funding to support the efforts of ourselves and our wide partnership network across the city in relation to violence against women and girls.

“This funding has allowed my officers to access specialist training in order to help them spot predatory or harassing behaviour towards women, so that they can intercept and deal with those responsible.

"We have also received all terrain quad bikes which allow us to patrol the parks after dark.

“In addition, our colleagues at Southampton City Council have been working on expanding the city’s CCTV network, which was invaluable in the swift arrest of Reis in this case.

“We will continue working together with our partners across the city to ensure that Southampton is a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Reis, of St Mary Street, Southampton, was charged with rape, two counts of assault by penetration, sexual assault and attempted rape.

He was remanded into custody until his trial began on July 17.

During the second day of the trial, Reis entered a guilty plea to the charge of rape, for which he has now been sentenced to 14 years and four months.

The assault by penetration, sexual assault and attempted rape charges will lie on file.

Claire Shawley, Detective Inspector of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary's specialist rape unit Operation Amberstone, said: “We have all heard in court today the lasting effects that this sickening crime will have on its victim, the likes of which the majority of us will never be able to comprehend.

“I want to acknowledge the courage of the woman involved in this case, both in reporting what had happened and for her support and co-operation throughout our investigation, without which we would not have secured this outcome today."

Operation Amberstone Detective Constable Laura Cook, who led the investigation, added: "This has been a harrowing experience for the victim to have to re-live, but her actions in reporting this have allowed us to take swift action and remove a dangerous predatory man off the streets of Southampton.

“We are also incredibly grateful for the member of the public for intervening on that day and for staying with the victim until police arrived.

“Our priority is always securing justice for victims, and we worked hard to present a substantial case to the courts, resulting in Reis pleading guilty. I am pleased that he has now been jailed and hope that this result goes some way to helping the victim move forward with her life.”