Glasgow & West Scotland

Florin Pletea jailed for attempted rape in Glasgow

A man who assaulted a woman and tried to rape her after she refused to accept his passport as payment for sex has been jailed for five years.

Romanian national Florin Pletea, 36, admitted attacking the 38-year-old woman, who was working as a prostitute, in an alley off Holm Street in Glasgow.

Pletea had only been in the city for a few days when he carried out the assault on 5 July.

The judge said the experience had a "bad effect" on the woman.

Drug debt

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the victim began working as a prostitute to pay off a drug debt.

Pletea approached her in the city centre and he offered his passport as payment for sex.

The victim left him but he approached her later and she agreed to perform a sex act for £20.

After she again became suspicious that Pletea had no cash he attacked her in the alley off Holm Street.

During the attack, he pulled the woman to the ground so hard that a clump of her hair came out.

He also attempted to remove clothing and tried to rape her.

The 36-year-old fled after his victim screamed for help.

She then contacted police and when officers caught up with Pletea he told them: "I want to go back to my country. I know I have done wrong."

The court heard the woman had not worked as a prostitute since the attack.

Judge Lady Stacey told Pletea: "I have read a statement from the woman involved and this experience had a bad effect on her - which is hardly surprising, given what you did to her."

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