The predator who sparked an international manhunt after carrying out the brutal rape of an 18-year-old in Leeds has been sentenced to 20 years.
A judge told 22-year-old Slovakian national Zdenko Turtak he must serve a minimum of 14 years in prison over the horrific assault on March 6 this year.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, told Turtak “In those short eight minutes you destroyed her young life. “All her youthful hopes and dreams ebbed away in those few minutes.”
The sentence was imposed after Turtak was judge to continue to pose a serious danger to the public.
Turtak was told he must serve an extended six-year period on licence upon his release from custody.
Turtak was arrested in his home country and returned to the UK following a major investigation by West Yorkshire Police.
The woman’s family gathered in the public gallery of Leeds Crown Court to watch Turtak’s sentencing. Relatives shouted “monster” and “rapist” as he was led from the dock.
The court heard Turtak “simply did not care” whether his teenage victim lived or died as he bludgeoned her over the head with a stone before raping her in the garden of house on Beeston Road.
Turtak had stalked other women in Leeds before he preyed on the the young victim as she waited for a bus at 10.40pm.
The teenager was only five feet tall, slim, and was wearing traditional Muslim dress at the time.
He forced the victim face down onto the ground before climbing on top of her and placing his hands across her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
He then struck her on the head 18 times, knocking her unconscious before carrying out the sex attack.
The incident, which lasted just over seven minutes, was captured on a security camera.
The victim managed to get to her feet and crossed the road before collapsing on the pavement,
She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and received treatment for a cut to her head and injuries to her hip.
DNA recovered from the scene did not match the national police database in the UK.
A match was then found after it was checked on the European database.
Turtak pleaded guilty to rape and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
He was caught on CCTV approaching other women in Leeds in the hours leading up to the attack and police believe he may have been high on a substance called toluene - a chemical found in glue and paint thinners which is commonly used by some Roma youths in Slovakia who often carry it with them on a rag.
The woman had told officers of a distinctive smell that she had been unable to get out of her nose and mouth after the attack and she had an “emotional reaction” when police brought her a sample of toluene to smell.
Turtak, from Velka Ida, in the Kosice region of Slovakia, was eventually tracked down after a DNA search in Slovakia found a match from when he was arrested years before for a burglary.
The international inquiry to find him after no UK DNA matches were made involved more than 100 officers and was the biggest conducted by West Yorkshire Police since the disappearance of Shannon Matthews in 2008.
Turtak had lived in Leeds, on-and-off, for about four years - travelling home to Slovakia on the regular Bratislava to Bradford direct bus service - but had left almost no trace of himself in the UK.
His almost complete invisibility meant the search for him was one of West Yorkshire Police’s most challenging investigations and detectives said it was “frustrating” there was no Europe-wide DNA database.
Judge Collier told Turtak he would serve at least two-thirds of his jail sentence before being eligible for release.