A man who strangled a woman until she was unconscious and raped her when she awoke has been convicted.

Yonattan Gonzalez Pineda, 33, choked his victim when she told him that she did not want to see him because she did not feel a romantic connection.

When he strangled her, he asked: “Do you feel the connection now?”

The 29-year-old victim was left with bruises to her face and knees as well as bleeding in both eyes after the attack, in which she was held against her will for three hours in Tottenham on June 23 last year.

The victim was only able to leave after having sex with Gonzalez Pineda.

Gonzalez Pineda was arrested on July 4 after the victim attended a police station to report the rape.

Today (Friday, 26 March) at Wood Green Crown Court Gonzalez Pineda, of no fixed address, was convicted of rape, false imprisonment, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and unlawful wounding following a trial.

The unlawful wounding count relates to an incident where Gonzalez Pineda attacked a woman with a glass bottle outside a bar in Southwark leaving her with swelling and cuts to her face in November 2019.

Gonzalez Pineda will be sentenced on May 28.