A ROMANIAN man has been convicted of raping a woman after a high-profile police appeal to track him down.
Pardalian Rostas, 29, fled to his homeland after attacking the victim in May 2014 in Glasgow, while his friend Mugurel Bancs, 30, kept a lookout.
Bancs was also charged with raping the 25-year-old woman but the charge against him was dropped during the trial.
Rostas, who has a robbery conviction in for which he received an eight-year sentence, claimed at the High Court in Glasgow that he had had consensual sex with the woman.
But the woman, who had had ten double vodkas in the Corona Bar in Pollokshaws Road, before going to another bar, told how Rostas grabbed her and had forcible sex with her. The attack took place between 1am and 2am.
Rostas took her into a front garden. The woman told the jury: “I can remember being with my back facing the building, being kind of pushed into that bit. I can just remember hands on my arms and I can remember him kissing and biting my neck then after that it kind of goes a wee bit blank.”
The court heard the next thing she remembered was being on her back, being raped. She said her attacker repeatedly said “It’s okay” and “It will be fine”.
Afterwards, the victim was described by taxi driver Michael Kelly, who offered help, as being dishevelled.
He said that her clothes were dirty and she was upset and sobbing.
Prosecutor Angela Gray said: “Just over an hour after meeting Pardalian Rostas, a stranger, she is bruised, her clothes are dirty; debris, leaf matter and gravel is in her hair. She is crying to strangers, crying and shaking for hours.”
CCTV footage taken from shops, a pub and street cameras in the area helped identify Rostas. There was also a high-profile poster campaign.
Rostas was staying in Govanhill, Glasgow, with his uncle and nephew and said he was working unloading lorries.
He bought a one-way ticket to Romania in June 2014 but was held on a European arrest warrant and returned to the UK in October last year.
Solicitor advocate Jim Wallace, defending, said he still insists he is not guilty of rape.
He added: “His wife and 11-year-old child live in Romania.”
Rostas was placed on the sex offenders’ register and sentence was deferred until next month.
As Rostas was led away, his victim sat in the public benches sobbing and a member of her family shouted at him.