Hawaiian rapist Salvador Orozco has been sentenced to nine years at Newcastle Crown Court today, after being convicted of an attack in Gateshead in 1990
Brutal rapist Salvador Orozco’s victim has told how the trauma of her terrifying ordeal has been with her every day for 23 years.
Orozco was today starting a nine-year prison sentence for snatching the stranger off the street and raping her.
As he was finally brought to justice, a court heard the victim continues to battle the psychological impact, which she says is like a disability.
Orozco claimed the woman, just 20 and recently married at the time, had consented to the 1990 attack, but he was convicted by a jury.
And a judge rejected a claim the woman had gone willingly with Orozco and sentenced him on the basis he abducted her against her will.
In a victim impact statement read to Newcastle Crown Court, the woman told how the rape still haunts her.
She said: “The attack is always with me, there’s not a day goes by I don’t think about it.
“I’ve got a fear about people being behind me, even at the hairdresser’s.
“It’s almost like a disability but not one that can be seen. It stops me from doing things.
“However I’m determined I’m not going to be defeated by this.”
The victim said she lived in fear for years as her attacker evaded justice.
Orozco had fled the country, starting a new life in Hawaii and believing he had got away with the 1990 attack.
The woman said: “Because the man who attacked me had not been caught I was fearful I might have been faced by him again or would see him.”
She added that her marriage collapsed six years later due to the effect of the rape.
She said: “My marriage came to and end in 1996 because I was not the same. I couldn’t even have my husband cuddling me from behind and I withdrew from my friends and family.”
Advances in forensic science sparked a cold case review of the rape which pinpointed Orozco as the attacker.
The 49-year-old was extradicted from Hawaii earlier this year after officers executed a warrant at his US home.
His victim, a club cashier at the time, was inspired by a 1990 EastEnders rape plot involving Kathy Beale to preserve vital evidence in the moments after she was brutally attacked.
Orozco approached the woman at Gateshead Metro Station on May 17, 1990, before brutally assaulting her in wasteland off Askew Road, in Gateshead.
He dragged her into a derelict railway yard and raped her as she made her way home from work.
During the attack Orozco faked a Chinese accent and told the woman: “My name’s Sushi. It’s Japanese.”
Following the assault he is said to have covered his victim in her own coat and told her to wait 10 minutes before contacting the “boys in blue”.
The woman fled the scene and returned home before her husband discovered her wrapped in a duvet in the couple’s living room, the court heard. Her injuries were so severe that she vomited during a police interview and could not be examined at first.
However, samples were taken from her which would ultimately lead to the conviction of Orozco.
Orozco thought he had got away with it and had started a new life on the other side of the world.
But the brute, previously of Keswick Street, Bensham, Gateshead, was extradited from Hawaii earlier this year after a specialist team executed a warrant at his US home.
Advances in forensic science sparked a cold case review of the rape in 2002.
DNA recovered at the scene was checked against the national DNA database, where a very close similarity was discovered with Orozco’s child.
Scientific conclusions found that “the prospect of anyone other than the defendant having the DNA found at the time of the crime was one in a billion”.
Prosecutor Gavin Doig said: “The defendant had not been on the radar at all until that point.
“They tracked him down to Hawaii and he was extradicted, which he did not contest.”
Orozco admitted having sex with the woman but claims he lived a “promiscuous lifestyle” and that the sex was consensual.
He was convicted of rape, cleared of attempted buggery and jurors were unable to reach a decision on a charge of indecent assault on the same victim.
Because of the lack of a verdict on the indecent assault charge, which was said to have happened at the beginning of the incident, Orozco’s barrister argued the attack may have begun with the woman consenting. But Judge John Milford QC rejected that version of events.
The judge said: “She was grabbed from behind, dragged into a yard and detained there against her will in a state of abject terror.
“During the attack she was slapped by the defendant repeatedly round the head so she did not look at you.
“The impact on her was considerable.”
As well as the nine-year jail term, Orozco must sign the sex offender register for life.
After the case his victim said she hopes it will give hope to other victims of rape.
She said: “I want my case to give hope to other victims of rape. Just because the offender is not caught or prosecuted at the time does not mean you won’t get justice in the future.
“I really want to thank everyone, friends, family, police and victim support. I could not have got through the last 23 years without their ongoing support.”
DCI Nicola Musgrove, from Northumbria Police said: “This was a particularly violent offence of a stranger rape which had a lasting impact not only upon the victim, but was also remembered by the officers who investigated the crime 23 years ago.”