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Rapist, 31, is caught five years after knifepoint sex attack on woman

A rapist who dodged justice for five years was caught after police officers arrested him for theft and took a sample of his DNA.

Martin Twort, 31, raped a woman at knifepoint before leaving her on a country lane in Northamptonshire in 2012. 

Despite police having DNA evidence, Twort was not on any police database and evaded capture until he was arrested for theft in 2017 and officers took a DNA swab.

When officers discovered his DNA matched the rape case, he was arrested for the sex attack.  

On Tuesday, Twort, now living in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, was found guilty of rape following a trial at Northampton Crown Court.

Martin Twort, 31, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, was found guilty of rape following a trial at Northampton Crown Court

He had denied the charge but a jury took less than three hours to return a unanimous guilty verdict. 

The jury heard how Twort had preyed on the victim, who was then in her mid-40s, after spotting her walking home from visiting a patient at Northampton General Hospital on June 10, 2012.  

As she came out of a shop in Semilong, Twort pulled over and asked her if she wanted a lift and, feeling unwell, she accepted.           

The court heard Twort drove in the direction of Kingsthorpe and began talking about sex before stopping in a remote layby.     

Twort tried to kiss the woman who fought back before he held a knife up and threatened to kill her.

He then dragged the woman out of the car before violently raping her.

During the attack he repeatedly warned her that he would kill her if she went to the police.

A security guard at Moulton College eventually found the terrified victim wandering along a road in a distressed state at 2.10am the following day.

A medical examination revealed bruising across her body and while the rapist's DNA was recovered it revealed no matches and the case went cold.  

Twort, who moved 140 miles to Norfolk after the rape, was finally caught when he was arrested for an unrelated theft in July 2017.

The rapist preyed on the victim after spotting her walking home from visiting a patient at Northampton General Hospital (pictured)

A DNA swab was taken as part of the inquiry which matched the one taken during the 2012 rape investigation and Twort was arrested.

Following his conviction, Twort was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on December 16.

Detective Sergeant Julie Gallagher, of Northamptonshire Police's Cold Case Team, said: 'The victim has shown tremendous courage in supporting the investigation and can now finally be reassured that this man will go to jail for a very long time.

'I'd to thank my team who worked tremendously hard on the investigation which led to the conviction of this dangerous and violent man.'