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Rapist held knife to victim's throat - then told police HE had been robbed

PUBLISHED: 09:45 04 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:45 04 August 2015

Martin Lowrence

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Martin Lowrence admitted two attacks on lone women in Orpington

A rapist who held a knife to his victim’s throat is facing jail after admitting two attacks on lone women in Orpington.

Martin Lowrence, 23, stuffed a sock in his first victim’s mouth to stop her screaming after he grabbed her from behind at a bus stop at the junction of Sevenoaks Road and Hillcrest Road.

He forced the 35-year-old to the ground and seriously sexually assaulted her on September 12, 2013, before being disturbed by a passer-by.

A year later, Lowrence struck again, approaching his 20-year-old victim from behind on Sevenoaks Road, near the junction with Goddington Lane, as she walked home on October 10 last year.

This time he had a knife, which he held to the girl’s throat as he raped her - although she still managed to fight back sufficiently to injure him.

Lowrence was caught when he approached police at the cordon of the crime scene the day after the second attack and said he had been the victim of an attempted robbery.

His account matched the details the victim had given to officers of her attack, and his injuries were consistent with the injuries she had caused to her attacker.

Lowrence, of Hillcrest Road, admitted one count of rape, two counts of sexual assault by penetration and one count of carrying a knife at Croydon Crown Court last week.

He will be sentenced on Friday, August 21.

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