Wigan man jailed for attempted rape in Gala Bingo car park

Viorel Florea
Viorel Florea
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CCTV operators managed to guide police to a secluded part of a car park in Wigan where a 24-year-old man was trying to rape a woman after a night out, a court heard.

Viorel Florea was arrested by officers as he straddled the 46-year-old in the back seat of his car outside Gala Bingo, Bolton Crown Court was told.

Just over 10 minutes earlier Florea was captured on camera putting his hands down her pants and groping her breasts, according to prosecutors.

Police say the woman had been drinking and she later recalled little about the incident, the court heard.

Florea, now 25, of Albert Street, Newtown, who pleaded guilty to offences of attempted rape and sexual assault, was jailed for four-and-a-half years. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

David Lees, prosecuting, said the victim had been for a night out with family members when she ended up in the Revolution bar, on King Street.

Later she recalled chatting with the defendant outside the bar.

She remembered being guided around the streets by him but recalled little else.

Mr Lees said CCTV showed the pair dancing inside the premises before they left just after 2am.

She is seen to be “unsteady on her feet and staggering”, he told the court, while the defendant guides her.

Around 2.20am Florea, then near the Santander Bank, is seen to places his hands down the front of her jeans and touch her breasts over the clothing.

The pair then walked off and ended up at the car park, where he had left his Audi earlier, the court was told

Mr Lees said Florea placed the woman in the back of the car then drove the vehicle to a more secluded spot at the back of the car park.

The court heard police had been directed to the area by CCTV operators and found Florea lying across the woman in the rear of the vehicle.

They both appeared to be fully clothed but he had pulled down her jeans.

Doctors examined the woman later and found bruising on her arms.

Mr Lees said there was no suggestion that Florea was responsible for the condition the woman was in.

But he told the court there was an element of planning as he had led her out of the bar, directed her towards the car park and moved his car before carrying out the later offence.

Florea, who is originally from Romania and used an interpreter during the court proceedings, had no previous convictions.

He could offer no explanation for his conduct when interviewed by police.