- Ethiopian Elias Hussain Mahmud, 22, knocked his victim to the ground from behind, threatened to kill her and raped her twice, in broad daylight
- He entered the UK as an illegal immigrant last year and was granted asylum
- The horrific attack took place just months after he was allowed to stay
- At a hearing at Swansea Crown Court Mahmud was jailed for 12 years
Mahmud was born in Ethiopia and entered the UK as an illegal immigrant
An illegal immigrant raped a terrified woman on her morning commute to work.
Elias Hussain Mahmud, 22, knocked his victim to the ground from behind, threatened to kill her and raped her twice, in broad daylight.
Mahmud was born in Ethiopia and entered the UK as an illegal immigrant last year and was granted leave to remain in the country until 2020.
However, months after he was granted asylum, Mahmud attacked the lone woman as she made her morning walk to her office.
The woman, who cannot be named, is now said to be too scared to leave her own home ever since the attack in April.
Swansea Crown Court heard the asylum-seeker knocked her over from behind as the pair struggled on the ground.
Mahmud overpowered his victim and raped her twice as she lay pinned down to the pavement in Swansea city centre.
He then ran off, but was was arrested just 45 minutes later after police received calls about a man acting suspiciously in a nearby residential area.
Mahmud, from Mount Pleasant, Swansea, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by penetration, two counts of rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and making a threat to kill when he appeared in court.
He was jailed for 12 years.
Detective Chief Inspector Esyr Jones said after the sentencing: 'This was a very serious incident which understandably caused a lot of public concern.
A lone female was walking to work when she was assaulted and raped in terrifying circumstances.
'This incident has had a life-changing impact on the victim and our thoughts first and foremost are with her.
'Stranger attacks, such as this one, are rare in Swansea but when they do occur we have specialist officers to thoroughly investigate these crimes and with independent partner agencies are able to provide support and care to victims.'