A SERIAL rapist who attacked a woman after serving two jail terms for the same offences in his home country has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Vasile Nastase dragged a woman he had met at a Leigh nightclub into his home and raped her during a two hour ordeal.

Today, at Bolton Crown Court Judge Graeme Smith passed a life sentence and ordered that 49-year-old Nastase should spend at least five years and 75 days behind bars before becoming eligible to apply for parole. He will remain on licence, and can be recalled to prison at any point, for the rest of his life.

A probation report on Nastase, who came to the UK last year from Romania, concluded: “It is of the utmost concern that the circumstances of the current offence appear very similar to his previous sexual offending.”

It added that Nastase’s “persistent sexual offending and attitudes to sex clearly demonstrate significant issues of sexual entitlement in relation to females” who he views as “sexual objects for his sexual gratification”.

Judge Smith commented that he has no doubt that Nastase is dangerous and poses a significant risk to others.

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Nastase pleaded guilty to raping a 41-year-old woman at his home in Findlay Street, Leigh, in the early hours on November 18 last year after meeting her at the Est 1899 nightclub.

The court heard how, in his home country of Romania Nastase had served two prison sentences for raping women he had met at discos.

The court heard that, when eventually released, the Home Office will probably decide to deport Nastase, who has two children living in Romania.

Judge Smith also made a restraining order banning Nastase from ever contacting or attempting to contact his victim and he was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Speaking after the sentencing Det Con Chris Waddicar, of Wigan police, said: “Nastase preyed on the victim and subjected her to a horrifying ordeal.

“Following his arrest, Nastase showing despicable contempt for the victim by continuously denying the offence, but his lies were uncovered following forensic enquiries and he was subsequently charged.

“I’d like to praise the bravery of the victim throughout the case and I hope this sentence brings her some comfort knowing the person responsible is behind bars.”