Antoni Imiela, the M25 rapist, who carried out a series of sex attacks, has died aged 63 at HMP Wakefield.
Imiela carried out sex attacks on victims as young as 10 and received 7 life sentences in 2004 for the rape of nine women and girls, 8 of which occurred in one year. He also received 10 years for kidnap, 7 years for indecent assault and 12 years for attempted rape. When jailing him in 2004, Mr Justice Owens told Imiela that he was ‘a ruthless sexual predator who carefully selected locations in which you could strike on unsuspecting victims, overwhelming them with brute force and in most cases using threats to kill.’
In 2012 he received a further 12 years when his DNA matched an unsolved 1987 sex attack. Judge John Bevan QC, who sentences Imiela for the second time said he remained as dangerous as he had been when he was first jailed.
He became known as the M25 rapist because of his many attacks occurring near the motorway. He targeted strangers and threatened to kill his victims.
Imiela also had a string of previous convictions including a series of armed robberies for which he was jailed for 14 years in 1988.
The death is not being treated as suspicious. It has been reported by the Prison Service that Imiela was suffering from heart problems.
A spokeswoman said, ‘HMP Wakefield prisoner Antoni Imiela died in custody on Thursday March 8 2018.’ ‘As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.’