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GUNPOINT RAPE OF HIGH-FLYER GIRL, 25.

Byline: NICK ALLEN

A BRUTE who raped a 25-year-old woman at gunpoint was being hunted last night.

His victim - who has a successful career in the media industry - was set upon as she walked home from a friend's in the early hours.

She was on a lit pathway when she saw a man 50 yards ahead who had bent down as if to tie his shoe.

As she walked past, he pulled a gun and demanded her mobile and cash. He shouted abuse and dragged her off the path and behind a tree.

The man hit her repeatedly with the gun and then raped her before heading to the nearby Tube station at Clapham Common, South London.

The attack, at 1am on Tuesday, August 27, is being investigated by Scotland Yard's Operation Sapphire sex crimes unit.

Detectives are seeking a man aged about 25, black, 5ft 8ins with black hair styled into three-inch dreadlocks falling over his forehead.

He was wearing a black, thigh-length, nylon zip-up jacket, dark red top and dark blue jeans.

Det Con Terry Moakes said: "This was a vicious and extremely violent attack that has had a devastating effect on the woman.

"It is important that anyone who has information or who recognises the description contacts police immediately."
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Date:Sep 14, 2002
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