A BOGUS taxi driver who raped a British student has been jailed for ten years after a discarded cigarette butt secured crucial DNA evidence.
Evil Martino Biuso, 47, pounced on his innocent 23-year-old victim when she got lost and got into his car after he posed as a Good Samaritan cabbie.
Martino Biuso, 47, posed as a cab driver and raped a British woman[/caption]
Chilling CCTV footage showed how he slowed down, then double backed to pick up the woman in the early hours as she wandered through a deserted city centre.
Undercover cops in Palermo, Italy, spent eight months investigating the case before making the DNA breakthrough and charging Biuso.
An officer tailing him grabbed a cigarette butt he threw out of his car and used it to match DNA found on the devastated victim.
She had been on a night out in May 2017 with her two cousins who had flown over from the UK to Italy and they were on her way home when she became distracted by her phone and got separated.
Biuso pulled over and lied saying he was a taxi driver and so she got in, but instead of taking her home he drove her to an isolated road under a motorway flyover and raped her.
The woman, who was in Sicily teaching as part of her university degree, was found by a security guard in the early hours of the morning in a confused state.
She had tried to alert her cousins by phone as she was driven off but he had grabbed and threw it out of the car window.
Police even managed to obtain grainy footage of the pair at a cashpoint as the woman, from south west London, withdrew money thinking he was a legitimate taxi driver.
Eight months later cops spotted a man a man matching the description in an identical car and followed him to his parents’ house.
He was seen smoking a cigarette from a window and flicked the butt outside where officers salvaged it.
Biuso was arrested and claimed he had consensual sex with her, but the court found him guilty of rape, kidnap and aggravated robbery.
Judge Donatella Puleo sentenced him to ten years and six months.
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The woman’s lawyer Carlo Pezzino Rao, said:”This was a traumatic case for my client who was left shocked and extremely upset.
“Thankfully justice was done and she can now get on with her life.
“This man will not be out of prison for a long time and will not be a danger to innocent women for a while.”
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