December 2019

Operation Scorch: Man found guilty of rape and assault in Riverside Park, Southampton

Jozef Janczura, aged 34 of Laburnum Road, Southampton has been found guilty of raping and assaulting an 18-year-old woman in Riverside Park in Southampton on December 2, 2018.

More than a year after this terrible crime happened to a young woman in the evening of Sunday 2 December, the Jury at Southampton Crown court delivered a verdict of guilty today (December 11) on both counts following a three day trial.

The woman reported that whilst she was walking along Woodmill Lane last year, a man unknown to her to grabbed her neck and raped her in Riverside Park, in a wooded area between the skate park and tennis courts.

Janczura will be sentenced on January 16, 2020.

Detective Inspector Roger Wood said: “I would like to commend the woman on her bravery and courage, which has helped secure this verdict against a very dangerous man. I hope this verdict will go some way towards her helping her start to move forward with her life.