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Slovakian man to be sentenced for raping and beating woman

Published 19/10/2015

Zdenko Turtak pleaded guilty to rape and grievous bodily harm with intent
Zdenko Turtak pleaded guilty to rape and grievous bodily harm with intent

A 22-year-old man will be sentenced today for the brutal rape of an 18-year-old woman he dragged from a bus stop, battered repeatedly with a rock and then left for dead.

Zdenko Turtak attacked the woman in the Beeston area of Leeds in March and fled to his native Slovakia as a huge search was launched by West Yorkshire Police.

His victim was left with severe injuries after she was dragged behind a hedge and battered 18 times with a rock.

The incident was caught by a CCTV camera above the garden where the attack took place.

Police said Turtak was also caught on camera following other women around Leeds earlier the same night.

Detectives released footage in an attempt to catch him and the case was featured in a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction.

Turtak, from Velka Ida, Kosice, Slovakia, was eventually tracked down following an international hunt and extradited to the UK.

He admitted rape and grievous bodily harm with intent earlier this year but denied attempted murder.

Earlier this month, the Crown Prosecution Service decided to accept his pleas and not put him on trial for attempted murder.

He will be sentenced by the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, at Leeds Crown Court.

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