The Amazon delivery driver has been jailed for 13 years for raping a student in an alley and then thanking her as she went home one night after searching the streets for a victim
- Gheorge Bertlef, 31, of Exeter, attacked the teenager when she was walking home
- Had spent weeks before the attack wandering around Exeter looking for a lonely woman
- The judge sentenced him to 13 years in prison and said he was a "dangerous man".
A man convicted of raping an 18-year-old university student in an alley when she was walking home has been detained for 13 years.
Gheorge Bertlef, 31, of Exeter, Devon, attacked the teen while walking home from a club at 2:40 a.m. on November 13 last year. Exeter Crown Court heard.
Bertlef, who had been walking around Exeter at night looking for a lonely woman weeks before the attack, was jailed for 13 years after a judge told him he was a "dangerous man," the one significant risk of causing serious harm to the public.
Gheorge Bertlef, 31, of Exeter, Devon, was imprisoned for 13 years after a judge told him he was a "dangerous man" at significant risk of causing serious harm to the public
On the night of the attack, jury heard the Amazon delivery man waiting for the 18-year-old to be separated from her friends before approaching her and saying, "Hello, you are beautiful."
The victim described how she "tuned out a bit and acted like a robot" when Bertlef pulled her into an alley and carried out his attack.
As he left the alley, Bertlef said "Thank you" and left the area.
He was arrested eight days later when the police discovered he was chasing another woman around town.
Judge Robert Linford told him, "You are a dangerous man and you are at serious risk of causing serious harm to members of the public."
During the trial, Bertlef gave "terrifying" evidence of how he went out that night to find a lonely woman to have sex with.
The former post officer later told police, "I used to walk the streets regularly in the early hours of the morning hoping to meet women."
He denied rape and attempted rape, but was found guilty by a jury in September.
Judge Linford also denied Bertlef's claim that he "felt intimidated by women during the day," which caused him to roam the streets at night hoping to find a wife.
The Exeter Crown Court jury heard Bertlef wandering around Exeter at night looking for a lonely woman weeks before the attack
He said Bertlef "didn't want a girlfriend, you wanted sex, sex, no matter what the desires of whoever you met," and said it was a "well-planned exercise to find lonely women who can be raped".
During the process, the The victim told the judge that she still suffered flashbacks and had "sporadic nightmares" after the attack last year. She said, "The events of that night will never leave me."
She told him she was afraid to go to sleep and go out at night and say, "My world has gotten very small."
Bertleft, who comes from Romania, is deported after serving a 13-year prison sentence.
Fiona Elder, who defended herself, said Bertlef was a "quiet, withdrawn character" who had no previous beliefs and no violence had been used.