A sex attacker who raped a virgin on a town centre pavement as motorists drove by without stopping has been jailed.
Gary Gunstone stalked the woman through the streets of Bideford, North Devon, just after midnight as she walked to her parents home after visiting her boyfriend. He dragged her to the ground and raped her in full view of passing drivers. He later bragged to police that she had agreed to sex there and then.
Gunstone was jailed at Exeter crown court on Tuesday for a minimum of four years and three months as a judge said the parole board would decide if and when he can be released.
She was a 30-year-old virgin who had a regular boyfriend for eight years and wished to remain with that status until her wedding night.
One bizarre feature of this case is that a couple of times cars went by as he was raping her on the side of the road. He was prepared to rape her right on the pavement without any apparent concern for being detected. He made no attempt to hide what he was doing. It was just something he wanted to do there and then and he did it.