29-year-old convicted rapist confesses to an earlier crime

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Jonathan Graden

A man already convicted of the stranger rape of a young woman in Spitalfields last autumn has pleaded guilty to an earlier offence.

Jonathan Graden, 29, (31.07.89) of Hackney appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 3 June, where he pleaded guilty to the rape of a woman in 2011.

Graden was identified through DNA after being arrested and convicted of a more recent rape of a 22-year-old woman in the Spitalfields area of Tower Hamlets on 9 November 2018.

On 5 February 2011, a 24-year-old woman walking along Dyers Hall Road, E11, was approached from behind and pushed to the ground by Graden who went on to rape her while banging her head on the ground.

This incident bore a number of similarities to the more recent incident in Spitalfields last autumn where the victim, who was also walking alone, was approached by Graden on Hanbury Street on Friday, 9 November 2018. He followed her into a building before raping her in the basement, leaving the venue around 20 minutes later.

CCTV enquiries were carried out, and officers were able to establish that the suspect took a cab to Belvedere in south-east London. Detectives released CCTV images of the suspect as part of a media appeal, and officers dropped hundreds of appeal leaflets in the area where the cab took the suspect, leading to Graden handing himself in to police.

Graden was arrested on 21 December 2018 on suspicion of rape. He was charged the following day and remanded in custody to appear at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on 24 December 2018. He attended Snaresbrook Crown Court on 21 January 2019 and entered a guilty plea.

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Graden is remanded in custody for sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 19 July.

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