A migrant rapist, Mihai Apostu laughed at his victim when she begged him to stop during a horrific sexual attack.

The 27-year-old migrant left his terrified victim with numerous injuries after he turned violent.

The pair had met in Hanley before returning to a house to have consensual sex.

But Romanian national Apostu began to bite and hit the woman and when she told him to stop, he started laughing and carried on.

Now the defendant has been jailed for six years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

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Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson said Apostu met his victim in a city centre bar and he told her he was Italian.

The pair returned to a house and they began to have sex but he started to grab and bite her.

Mr Dickinson said: “She told him to stop but he just laughed it off. He continued pulling her arms and grabbing her head and ears. All the time she was saying no.

“He continued to grab at her all over her body. She was telling him she did not like it and to stop. He was hitting her and biting her while raping her.

“The defendant did not stop. He became more aggressive and bit her and hit her harder. She eventually stopped saying no. He was just laughing at her.”

Eventually the rape ended and the defendant left.

The woman reported the incident to her friend and the police were contacted. In a victim statement the woman said she has been left feeling humiliated, she has lost her confidence and now suffers from stress and anxiety.

Apostu, of Wellesley Street, Shelton, pleaded guilty to rape.

Peter McCartney, mitigating, said the defendant came to Britain two years ago and has no previous convictions.

Mr McCartney added: “It began as consensual sexual intercourse. When she told him to stop he did not. He is remorseful. He has stopped the victim from having to give evidence before a jury.”

Apostu was placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.

Judge Paul Glenn said: “You had plainly realised she was affected by drink. She became concerned when you began to behave roughly with her.

“You bit her. You pulled her by the arms. You grabbed her by her head and ear and repeatedly pinched her.

“Repeatedly by this stage she was asking you to stop. Your response was to laugh, to ignore her and to carry on.

“She was quite plainly making it quite clear that she was not consenting at that stage to intercourse. But you did not stop. You carried on for a long period of time. She was left with unpleasant injuries. You actions had a profound effect on her.”

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