Man admits rape of woman in Hemel Hempstead

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Zachery OwensImage source, Bedfordshire Police
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Zachery Owens pleaded guilty to two charges of rape, kidnap, assault by penetration and driving offences

A man has admitted raping a woman who had to jump from a second-floor window to escape her ordeal.

Zachery Owens, 26, of Lawn Lane, Hemel Hempstead, snatched her from the street and forced her into a car before carrying out the attack in January.

He admitted rape, kidnap, assault by penetration and driving offences but denied causing grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment.

Owens was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing next month.

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The victim was walking in Farmhouse Lane in Hemel Hempstead when she was approached by her attacker

Prosecutor Simon Wilshire told Luton Crown Court he would be asking for the two charges to which Owens pleaded not guilty to be left on the file.

The court heard the woman was walking to work along Farmhouse Lane in the Adeyfield area at 07:30 GMT on 21 January when she was forced into a car by Owens, who was a stranger.

Mr Wilshire said: "The woman suffered an injury to her face and head during the abduction.

"She jumped from a second-floor balcony to escape her ordeal.

"This was the abduction and rape of a stranger at half past seven in the morning as she walked to work. It is an alarming offence."

Owens also admitted taking a BMW without consent and driving while disqualified.

Mr Wilshire said Owens had no previous sexual offence convictions, but had been convicted of assault with intent to rob.

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