A man who raped a woman in her own home whilst two children were sleeping in the next room has been sentenced to prison for 14 years and eight months.
He was given an extended licence period of eight years, totalling 22 years and eight months, the Liverpool Echo reported.
Petrus-Ionut Apostoae – who returned six weeks later attempting to rape the mum again – appeared in Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.
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He was charged with two counts of rape, one count of burglary, three counts of attempted burglary and one count of attempting to trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.
Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, told the court that the victim held a house party on October 2 last year, which a number of friends and family attended before leaving around 6pm.
Ms McCloskey said of the ordeal: "The next thing she remembers is the stuff of nightmares. She suddenly awoke to hands over her face.
"She lay on the bed terrified that the children would wake up and come into the room, the defendant realised she was no longer fighting so removed his hand from her mouth.”
She described how the brave defendant "accepted what was happening in order to not wake the children in the room next door" as Apostoae even had the audacity to ask her not to call the police and asked if she was okay.
The victim immediately underwent a medical examination in the aftermath and was found to have abrasions over both knees and had contracted an STI from the rapist.
Widespread DNA screening and questioning was undertaken by police following the incident, meanwhile, including a sample from Apostoae on November 23.
12 days later a DNA match was returned, which led to his arrest and home being searched.
In a victim personal statement read out by the prosecution, the victim detailed feeling anxious and upset since the attack, and has not been able to return to her home.
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Apostoae, who was interviewed on two occasions gave no comment responses throughout, before pleading guilty to all seven counts on January 3, 2023.
Paul Wood, defending, said Apostoae has a long history of cocaine abuse, and that he was under the influence of drugs when he committed the offences.
Mr Wood said: "Cocaine took too great a part in this defendant's life", adding that "custody is a remarkably isolated place for him" as he has no family in the UK and is not fluent in English.
"He wishes me to say he is sorry and acknowledges that he needs to change, he needs rehabilitation and help."
Sentencing, Judge Denis Watson KC said: "You broke into the home of the victim, once inside you raped her twice and you stole various items.
"The only sensible conclusion I can come to is that you entered to commit rape. The return to the same address indicates planning and targeting."
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