A violent thug, who intimidated a woman he knew and raped her twice in the space of a few months – once at knifepoint - has been caged for eighteen years.
Jimmy Prospere, 47, of Bishopsthorpe Road, Sydenham was convicted by a Woolwich Crown Court jury of two counts of rape.
The court heard how Prospere, who knew his victim, had used violence and intimidation over a period of time against the woman, aged in her forties.
On two occasions, in January and May 2013, Prospere raped the woman, using a knife to threaten her during the January attack.
The victim managed to gather the courage to report the abuse to police in September 2013.
Detective Constable Claire Rutherford, who led the investigation for the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "The victim has shown immense courage and resilience throughout the investigation and the court process, and I hope that this conviction helps her find closure in due course.
"I also hope that this conviction acts as a means of encouragement for those women who suffer from sexual abuse to feel reassured that the police take these matters very seriously and will pursue such allegations thoroughly."