Daniel Booth, who was 18 when he committed the crime, targeted his victim on June 29, 2021 at the Hippodrome House Car Park

Predatory rapist, 20, who googled his chances of conviction before sexually assaulting a woman in a parking lot and leaving her unconscious in the cold and rain, faces seven years in prison

  • A woman in her twenties woke up in a parking lot not knowing what had happened
  • She was on a night out with her friends when she lost consciousness
  • Daniel Booth, convicted rapist, disappeared after the attack days before his arrest
  • A judge in Portsmouth sentenced him to seven years after a trial in June 2021

A predatory rapist googled how he could get away with assaulting a woman the same night he carried his victim to a Portsmouth parking lot before sexually assaulting her.

Daniel Booth, 20, of Beresford Road, Portsmouth, began his seven-year sentence on Saturday, which was handed down nearly 17 months after the attack.

The jury heard a young woman in her 20s being separated from her friends shortly after 11 p.m. after a night out in Portsmouth last June.

She woke up in a parking lot after passing out without knowing what had happened to her, a court heard.

The rapist had left her unconscious in the parking lot before disappearing.

An investigation of Booth’s cell phone by police showed that prior to his arrest, he had searched Google about rape, including how someone can be convicted of rape and what evidence the police need to charge someone with the crime.

The judge who sentenced Booth told him, “She couldn’t have foreseen what happened to her that night and was unable to protect herself from you.

“You took full advantage of her. You carried her to the place where you violently raped and abandoned her, you left her in the cold and wet.’

Daniel Booth, Who Was 18 When He Committed The Crime, Targeted His Victim On June 29, 2021 At The Hippodrome House Car Park

Daniel Booth, who was 18 when he committed the crime, targeted his victim on June 29, 2021 at the Hippodrome House Car Park

Booth denied the rape, which took place on June 29, 2021, but was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court in June this year.

A spokesman for the Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for raping a woman in Portsmouth city center last summer.

Daniel Booth, who was 18 years old when he committed the crime but is now 20, has been convicted [Monday].’

In addition to his prison sentence, of which he must serve at least two-thirds in pre-trial detention, he must also sign the Register for Lifetime Sex Offenders.

The jury heard the victim report to police that she was separated from her friends shortly after 11pm after a night out in Portsmouth.

She reported waking up in the early hours of June 30 in what was later identified by officers as the Hippodrome House parking lot, with no memory of what had happened to her.

A young man reportedly found the woman in the parking lot and helped her contact her friends and arranged for her to be reunited with friends.

Judge Mousley praised the actions of the young man who found the victim and got her to a safe place.

An investigation led by Hampshire Constabulary’s specialist Operation Amberstone team was launched and extensive CCTV investigation led to Booth’s arrest.

Cctv Photos Of The Scene Show A Man Identified As Booth Exiting The Parking Lot.  The Jury Was Told How The Victim, A Woman In Her Twenties, Was Located By The Public In The Parking Lot, Without Remembering What Had Happened To Her.

CCTV photos of the scene show a man identified as Booth exiting the parking lot. The jury was told how the victim, a woman in her twenties, was located by the public in the parking lot, without remembering what had happened to her.

The Jury Was Told How The Victim, A Woman In Her Twenties, Was Located In The Parking Lot By The Public, Without Remembering What Had Happened To Her.

The jury was told how the victim, a woman in her twenties, was located in the parking lot by the public, without remembering what had happened to her.

Booth’s cell phone revealed that he had also visited the CPS website about how the Crown Prosecution Service is prosecuting rape.

In a victim statement read in court, the woman involved said what happened to her will be a nightmare that she will have to live with forever.

Judge Timothy Mousley, who sentenced Booth, praised the victim’s bravery after Booth put her through a trial by pleading innocent because he “didn’t have the courage to admit the obvious.”