A RAPIST who attacked a woman just yards from her boyfriend's home has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Bhupendra Chavda, 21, of Brewery Close, Wembley, followed his victim off a bus in Bushey before telling her he had a knife and forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a quiet alleyway.
Afterwards Chavda made the terrified woman drink from a can of cider before pouring the rest over her head in what the sentencing judge at St Albans Crown Court called a "humiliating and demeaning
Chavda, an accountant, had denied committing an offence of oral rape on July 28, last year and claimed during the trial that the woman was a prostitute he had paid.
However, the jury found him guilty after the victim told how the defendant followed her off the bus and struck up conversation with her, before raping her at the gate to her boyfriend's home.
Telling Chavda he will serve half his sentence before release on licence, Judge Baker berated the defendant for his claim the victim was a prostitute, and his lack of remorse.
He said: "The evidence against you was strong. What you did was despicable targeting a lady, vulnerable and alone late at night. You threatened her that you had a knife and raped her orally in a
"Your defence was consent and you put forward the false and vile suggestion your victim asked for money for what you had done, implying she was a prostitute.
"This was a disgraceful line to take and I regard it as an aggravating feature."
Chavda was on a five-month suspended sentence at the time of the attack for motoring convictions. He has previous convictions for robbery and attempted robbery.
Mitigating, James Hasslacher said Chavda's lack of remorse was because he stuck by his claim of consent.
The court heard he was an "intelligent and eloquent" man whose behaviour had shocked his family, particularly his mother who is seriously ill with cancer.
He said: "Mr Chavda is primarily concerned with the shame this has caused their law-abiding family. This is a shock to all those that know him."
After sentencing, last Friday, Mr Hasslacher said Chavda may appeal against the length of sentence. He said Judge Baker may have been wrong in law that putting forward the defence the victim was a
prostitute was an aggravating feature.