A “predatory” serial sex attacker who followed his victims home off buses and even tried to gouge out the eyes of one of his terrified victims has been jailed for life.
Pedro Antonio Baptista Boieiro, 28, attacked three different women, raping one after targeting them as they stepped off buses late at night.
Portuguese national Boieiro, who was living in Thornton Heath, south London, carried out all his attacks within a mile of each other.
He punched his victims in the face after stalking them off the 250 bus route between Brixton to Thornton Heath.
All three women were seriously physically assaulted by Boieiro before he raped or attempted to rape them.
The first attack was the attempted rape of a 29-year-old woman last December at around 10.40pm near Brixton.
The victim was punched repeatedly in the face before Boieiro attempted to pull her trousers down.
Her screams alerted witnesses and Boieiro ran from the scene.
But his DNA was traced from the victim’s clothing.
Just hours later at 1am, the attacker struck again in Streatham when he followed a 20-year-old woman into to an alleyway and punched her to the floor before raping her.
The third attack took place in March this year at about 2.30am in Norbury, when he punched his 22-year-old victim to the ground just as she stepped off a 250 bus.
He gouged her eyes and tried to remove her clothing, but her pleas for help were heard by people living nearby and Boieiro fled.
He was finally traced after detectives identified him via his Oyster card following meticulous examination of CCTV footage from the bus.
A man fitting his description was seen boarding the bus just before his victim and he was clearly seen following her off the bus.
He was subsequently arrested at his home address and later charged with one offence of rape, and two offences of attempted rape.
Boieiro was told he would serve a minimum of at least eight years in jail when he was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty to all three offences at an earlier hearing.
Detective Constable Ben Hawkins, of Scotland Yard’s Serious Sexual Offences Exploitation Unit, said: “Boieiro was a predatory offender who deliberately targeted and then stalked females whilst they were at their most vulnerable.
“He used violence to subdue them and it was fortunate that he was disturbed by members of the public alerted by shouts from two of the victims.
“The victims have been left traumatised by what has happened to them.
“They have shown immense courage in coming forward and I am thankful for the trust they have placed in us to investigate these crimes.”