A schoolgirl was dragged by her hair on to the bowling greens at Preston’s Moor Park and subjected to a violent rape by a man she had just met.
Daniel Umarji, 27, produced a knife during the terrifying attack on the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Daniel Umarji subjected his teenage victim to a frightening and horrific attack after initially befriending her in Moor Park last summer.DC Corina Barton
The youngster and her friend, who tried to intervene, were too frightened to report the rape but staff at a Royal Preston Hospital clinic raised the alarm when the girl went for tests two weeks later because she was worried the rapist had not used any form of protection and could have exposed her to a sexually transmitted disease.
Umarji – who has a previous conviction for indecency – denied rape but was convicted following a trial at Preston Crown Court.
He has now been jailed for eight years and four months.
During the trial the court heard Umarji, of Penguin Street, Deepdale, approached the victim and her friend in the park one evening during the summer holidays last year.
He asked the girl to meet up with him later but she refused.
A little while later, the two girls met up with another friend who knew Umarji and the group walked together through the park.
But as they walked past the bowling huts, Umarji pulled the girl away, grabbed her by the throat and raped her twice.
DC Corina Barton, of Preston CID, said: “Daniel Umarji subjected his teenage victim to a frightening and horrific attack after initially befriending her in Moor Park last summer.
“Umarji denied the offences throughout the police investigation and subsequent trial.
“However, I am pleased that he has now been brought to justice for his actions.
“The victim has shown great courage and bravery and I hope the conclusion of the court case will bring her some form of closure and allow her to move forward with her life.”