A RAPIST who attacked a teenager in a Southampton park has been told he faces an “extremely long” jail sentence.

It comes after Jozef Janczura was found guilty of raping his 18-year-old victim in Riverside Park.

Yesterday, jury members took less than an hour to unanimously find the 34-year-old guilty of rape, following a three day trial at Southampton Crown Court.

Janczura, of Laburnum Road, Southampton, was also found guilty of causing actual bodily harm (ABH) to the same victim.

Jurors heard the victim, a university student, was grabbed from behind, dragged into Riverside Park and raped during the attack on December 2, 2018.

She was subjected to the attack as she walked along Woodmill Lane.

The jury also heard how she was strangled during the incident, in which she “thought she was going to die”.

Janczura denied any involvement in the incident.

But prosecutor Martyn Booth told the jury that DNA found on the victim matched that of Janczura’s.

He said the chances of the DNA swabs being left by someone other than the defendant or someone unrelated to him amounted “to odds of a billion to one”.

Mr Booth also said that a man matching Janczura’s description was seen on CCTV in the area around the time of the attack.

Janczura’s sentencing was adjourned until next month to allow probation staff to write a pre-sentence report.

Judge Peter Henry said: “You have been found guilty of two extremely serious offences and a lengthy prison sentence is inevitable.

“I need probation to assess if you pose a significant danger to women and their security.

“For that probation need to carry out an assessment on you and it is important you understand the need to co-operate with them.”

Janczura will be remanded in custody until the next hearing, on January 16.

According to the Sentencing Council, an independent body which aims to ensure a consistent approach to sentencing, the maximum sentencing for rape is life imprisonment.

The offence carries a sentencing range of four to 19 years in prison – depending on the seriousness of the crime.