Girl kidnapped from foster home and driven 170 miles after being raped for years

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Marius Bucur (l) and Nutel-Virgil Papadache (r) were among five people jailed over the kidnap of the girl. (Reach)
Marius Bucur, left, and Nutel-Virgil Papadache, right, were among five people jailed over the kidnap of the girl. (Reach)

Five people have been jailed for more than 37 years between them after a girl was raped, sexually assaulted and kidnapped from a foster home in Berkshire.

The victim, whose identity has not been revealed for legal reasons, came forward in November 2020 and reported that she had been assaulted by a man from Slough and a woman from London.

She also said the man had raped her over a period of years.

In February 2021, the girl was kidnapped from foster care in Crowthorne and was later located by police in Sheffield, 170 miles away, following a “significant” investigation.

Eight people were charged on 2 March last year.

A 59-year-old man from Slough, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of five counts of rape and one count each of rape of a girl under 13, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and conspiracy to kidnap.

The jury also found him not guilty of one count of holding a person in slavery or servitude.

A 59-year-old from Slough was sentenced to 24 years in prison at Reading Crown Court. (Harry Mitchell/Creative Commons)
A 59-year-old from Slough was sentenced to 24 years in prison at Reading Crown Court. (Harry Mitchell/Creative Commons)

A woman from London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of conspiracy to kidnap and kidnapping.

She was also found not guilty of one count of holding a person in slavery.

The 59-year-old from Slough was sentenced to 24 years in prison at Reading Crown Court last month.

The 39-year-old woman from London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been sentenced to six years and six months in prison.

Nutel-Virgil Papadache, aged 41, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, has been sentenced to four years in prison after the jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap.

Marius Bucur, aged 19, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison after the jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap.

Marius Bucur was sentenced to two years and six months in prison after being found guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap. (Reach)
Marius Bucur was sentenced to two years and six months in prison after being found guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap. (Reach)
Nutel-Virgil Papadache was sentenced to four years in prison after tbeing found guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap. (Reach)
Nutel-Virgil Papadache was sentenced to four years in prison after tbeing found guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap. (Reach)

Alexandru Olteanu, aged 20, of Austen Close, London, was sentenced to six months in prison after the jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap.

Aurelia Stan, aged 38, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, was also found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap. She is due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 25 May.

The jury found both Alina Dogaru, aged 27, and Alexandru Monu, aged 24, both of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, not guilty of one count of conspiracy to kidnap.

Detective Inspector Stuart May, of the East Berkshire Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “I would like to praise the bravery demonstrated by the victim in providing evidence in court and reporting it to police in the first place.

"The sentences passed recognises the seriousness of the abuse she suffered, and the danger posed to her by those involved.”

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