Extradited rapist Salvador Orozco jailed for 1990 attack
A rapist caught after his victim was inspired by an EastEnders storyline has been jailed 23 years after the attack.
Salvador Orozco, 49, was caught in a cold case review because his victim preserved DNA evidence after the "violent" attack in Gateshead in 1990.
He had to be extradited from Hawaii and denied the attack in a railway yard.
But he was found guilty of rape at Newcastle Crown Court and jailed for nine years.
A cold case review in 2007 identified Orozco as a suspect and he was traced to the USA.
He was extradited to the North East earlier this year.
During the trial, his victim explained how watching EastEnders led her to preserve evidence.
She had watched the BBC soap when the character of Kathy Beale was raped by bar owner James Willmott-Brown.
The woman said: "Kathy had been raped by Willmott-Brown and I remember watching the story.
"I knew I had not to have a shower or bath and I knew it was important to remember as much as I could.
"When I got home I decided to make notes of everything that happened, step-by-step, so it would help me remember when I spoke to police."
The woman was dragged into a railway yard and attacked late in Askew Road on 17 May 1990, the jury heard.
Northumbria Police said it worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over a number of years to extradite Orozco.
Det Ch Insp Nicola Musgrove of Northumbria Police said: "This was a particularly violent offence of a stranger rape which has had a lasting impact not only upon the victim, but was also remembered by the officers who investigated the crime.
"The verdict sends a clear message to offenders of these types of crime that there is no hiding place."