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Man who attacked and raped a woman in Camden sentenced to life imprisonment

News   •   Aug 15, 2017 12:31 BST

A man who attacked and raped a woman in Camden has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

John William O'Neill, 29 (16.06.88), of Yeoman Street, SE8, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today, Tuesday, 15 August. He will be eligible for parole after five years.

He initially appeared via video link at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, 6 July and pleaded guilty to one count of rape and two counts of assault by penetration.

O'Neill carried out the attack in Camden Gardens, NW1, at about 23:05hrs on Sunday, 4 June 2017. A woman in her 40s had been out to meet a friend in Camden High Street earlier in the evening - she left the pub and walked along Kentish Town Road towards Camden Gardens where O'Neill attacked her.

O'Neill was arrested on 6 June and charged.

Detective Constable Devina Myrie, the investigating officer from the Central North Command Unit’s Safeguarding Investigation Team, said: "O'Neill carried out a sustained and brutal attack on his victim in the street. He is a dangerous offender and the life sentence handed down today reflects the risk he poses to public safety.

"The attack has had a profound effect on the victim. She has greatly assisted the investigation and shown immense courage throughout. She continues to be supported by specialist officers.

"I would like to thank officers within the Safeguarding Investigation Team at Holborn for their commitment and dedication to the investigation, which helped secure this conviction."