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Man convicted of attempted rape in Barnet park

Bogdan Ungureanu attacked a woman in Watling Park in Burnt Oak in 2021

Bogdan Ungureanu, who was convicted of attempted rap in Watling Park in Burnt Oak in August 2021
Bogdan Ungureanu

A man has been convicted of attempted rape following an attack in a park in Barnet in August 2021.

41-year-old Bogdan Ungureanu of no fixed address was found guilty following a trial at Kingston Crown Court last week. 

He was found not guilty of rape and had pleaded guilty to robbery and fraud ahead of the trial. He will be sentenced on Thursday 27th July.

Ungureanu was arrested after police reviewed CCTV evidence of the attack 28th August 2021. Officers had been called to Watling Park, Burnt Oak by members of the public who had heard a woman shouting.

The woman reported that she had been sitting in the park when she was approached by an unknown man and physically and sexually assaulted. She was left unconscious with bruising and cuts across her body, as well as a black eye. 

Ungureanu was identified after leaving a black baseball cap at the scene. He was caught on CCTV entering the park wearing the hat and leaving the area without it. 

After his image was circulated on police systems, he was located in the Stratford area and arrested. He was charged after forensic evidence placed him at the scene. 

The victim was granted special measures including having her cross-examination video recorded before the trial, meaning she did not have to attend court.

Detective Constable Arvind Gogna, part of the investigation team, said: “This was a horrific attack which has understandably left the victim traumatised, so much so that she now struggles to leave the house.

“She has shown tremendous courage in supporting our investigation and giving evidence in this trial. It is thanks to her that this man has been convicted. We hope that this case will encourage others who have been victim to serious sexual offences to come forward and speak to us.”


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