The face of disgusting man who 'thought he could get away with' raping woman in Cambridge

Florin Buti
Florin Buti -Credit:CambridgeshireLive

A man who raped a woman in Cambridge and used her stolen bank card has been jailed. Florin Buti, 19, travelled to the city from London in the early hours of February 13, 2022, along with three other men.

They saw the victim walking alone in Sidney Street, Cambridge, and led her into a car, before driving to a secluded location outside the city. Buti and two other men raped the woman and then drove her back into the city centre where she contacted police.

He later used the victim's bank card at a service station in the London area. An investigation revealed CCTV footage showing the group's movements prior to the offence and the moment where the woman was taken to the car and driven away.

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The car was traced to an address in London where it had been sold within hours of the offence. The vehicle was seized, and crucial evidence recovered.

Buti, of Ridgwell Road, London, denied rape and fraud by false representation, but was found guilty following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court last month. He was jailed eight years and four months at the same court on Thursday (April 11).

In November 2022 Florin Sardaru, 27, and Carlos Sali, 19, from London were jailed for 12 years and four months and seven years and 11 months respectively after admitting the rape on the first day of their trial. The other man was arrested but released without charge.

DC Katie Housham said: "Buti thought he could get away with his part in this horrific offence, but he was wrong. I’m pleased he has now faced justice.

"I would like to commend the victim in this case for the bravery she has shown throughout the investigation and court process. Buti and the other defendants in this case clearly went looking for a woman to attack and their predatory behaviour was clear to see on the CCTV footage.

"I’d encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence, whether recent or not, to report what has happened and to seek support."