18 Year Jail Sentence for Bentworth Road Rapist

Ex-Princeton student Paulo Kretteis attacked woman on footbridge

Paulo Kretteis in CCTV footage captured at the time of one of his rapes
Paulo Kretteis in CCTV footage captured at the time of one of his rapes

A man from Northolt has been jailed for 18 years after he was found guilty of two rapes and threats to kill.

22-year-old Paulo Kretteis of Petts Hill was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 16 April following his conviction at the same court earlier this year.

Kretteis attended Greenford High School from which he managed to obtain a place at Princeton University to study engineering. His conviction was partly secured due to him wearing a Princeton top during one of the rapes. He had been required to leave the university in May 2019 after a proven allegation of “non-consensual sexual intercourse”.

On 13 October 2019, police were called to reports that a woman, aged in her mid-20s, had been raped on a footbridge over a railway line close to Bentworth Road, W12.

The woman informed officers that she had met Kretteis outside the Chatsworth bar in Acton before walking towards a bus stop. He had been inside drinking with team mates from his rugby club. Kretteis had played rugby with Ealing Trailfinders and represented the Brazilian national team at U-21 level.

He befriended her, and after walking her back to her home in White City, he asked if she would accompany him to a nearby bus stop. As they approached a secluded footbridge near Bentworth Road at around 4.40am, Kretteis grabbed hold of her throat and began squeezing it and threatening to kill her. He then started pulling at her trousers and hitting her face. At one point she asked if she still had all of her teeth at which point Kretteis told her to smile so he could check. He then struck her to the face again, before sexually assaulting her.

The victim managed to escape after noticing someone walking close by. She ran into the middle of a nearby road and a taxi driver with passengers stopped and called the police. She was clearly distressed and had suffered visible injuries to her face and was bleeding. She was taken to hospital where she was supported by specially trained officers.

She was taken to hospital with facial injuries where she was supported by specially trained officers. The attacker’s DNA was recovered from the woman’s coat.

On 15 December 2019, police were called in the early hours to reports of a disturbance at residential address in Ealing. They were informed by a woman in her early 20s that she had been assaulted and raped by Kretteis, who was known to her. The victim was left with bruising on her face and throat as well as bite marks. Clumps of her hair were also found at the address.

Kretteis was arrested at the scene. As part of the investigative process, his DNA was takena and this was later found to match the sample from the attack in October and he was arrested for this matter in February 2020.

Kretteis denied the charges and argued that CCTV footage showing him near the scene was not him despite his university top clearly being visible.

Detective Sergeant James Bulpin, who led the investigation in White City, said, "Kretteis attacked a lone woman in the street late at night and only fled the scene when interrupted by a person walking by. He thought he had got away with this attack – something he can reflect on as he serves his sentence."

Detective Constable Asha Adams, of the West Area Command who investigated the second offence, said, “Kretteis is a dangerous predator who showed no remorse or regard for either of the women he raped. Their bravery and commitment throughout the investigation and subsequent court proceedings are to their credit and I hope that their actions empower other survivors of serious sexual offences to come forward.”

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April 19, 2021