M25 serial rapist Antoni Imiela guilty of Forest Hill rape in 1987

12:49 22 March 2012

Antoni Imiela

Antoni Imiela

A violent sex attacker who staged a series of rapes on victims as young as 10 was today found guilty of raping a complete stranger more than a decade earlier.

Antoni Imiela was convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey of raping Sheila Jankowitz in the early hours of Christmas Day, 1987.

The 57-year-old was also found guilty of indecent assault and buggery.

Imiela’s merciless attack on Sheila Jankowitz was the precursor of a series of violent stranger rapes that he committed more than a decade later.

Those attacks led to him being dubbed ‘the M25 rapist.’

Imiela grabbed Mrs Jankowitz off the street, dragged her behind a shed and threatened to kill her before he attacked her, punching her repeatedly when she tried to resist.

He pounced on the mother of two, who was then 31, near her flat in Forest Hill, south east London, as she went to look for her husband after a row.

She died in 2006, but her mother-in-law, former husband and daughter all went through the ordeal of giving evidence in the trial.

Erwin Jankowitz told the court he was distraught to discover that the attack had taken place so near to where they lived, and his wife heard him walk past during the assault.

He said: “That really upset me, because the shed was so close, two metres away. I could have stopped it happening but as he had his hand over her mouth restraining it, she couldn’t call out.”

Daughter Charlene remembered that she was supposed to be in bed, and looked downstairs through the banisters to see her mother with blood on her clothes, saying she had been raped.

During his evidence, Imiela cynically said he had “made love” to Mrs Jankowitz, and at one point he hurled abuse at prosecutor Richard Hearnden, calling him a “jumped up little c***”.

He also made veiled references to mental health problems that Mrs Jankowitz had suffered after the merciless attack.

Imiela, of no fixed address, was found guilty of rape, indecent assault and buggery.

Fourteen years after the sickening assault on Mrs Jankowitz, he began a series of similar violent sex attacks on girls and women he had never met.

Again he grabbed them, dragged them into a secluded area, threatened to kill them and hit them.

In 2004 he was given seven life sentences for the rapes, with a minimum term of eight years - meaning he became eligible for parole this month.

His victims included girls aged 10, 13 and 14, as well as women up to the age of 52, but the jury in the current case was not told how old they were.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, February 12, 2016
Undated handout file photo issued by the Crown Prosecution Service of Tarik Hassane, one of the men accused of plotting to use a moped in a series of Islamic State-inspired drive-by shootings in London, who has dramatically changed his plea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 12, 2016. The first defendant, Tarik Hassane, 22, admitted conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts as the defence was about to start in the Old Bailey trial. See PA story COURTS Terror. Photo credit should read: Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A 22-year-old accused of planning to use a moped in a series of Islamic State-inspired drive-by shootings in London has dramatically changed his plea at the Old Bailey today.

Friday, February 12, 2016
Simpson-Kent was captured in Ghana after fleeing the UK following the death of his partner Sian Blake and their two children (Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

Sian Blake’s partner has been charged with the murders of the ex-EastEnders actress and their two children, police have said.

Friday, February 12, 2016
Police are keen to identify this man (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Police are asking south London women to be vigilant if travelling alone and on foot in the early hours, after three women were attacked within four miles of each other.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Police are investigating attempted child abductions

A man has been charged after reports that a number of schoolchildren were approached by someone impersonating a police officer in Hornsey.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Police would like to speak with this man (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A 27-year-old man was punched in the face and pummelled as he lay on the ground in a sustained and unprovoked attack at a Bloomsbury bus stop.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
The two men police want to identify

A horrifying attack in Shoreditch has left a man with a fractured skull after he was beaten with wooden stakes.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Read more
Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport