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Chilling CCTV has emerged showing a knifeman stalking a terrified 19-year-old woman through dark city streets 'in a scene reminiscent of Luther'.
Peter Hills, 25, pursued the Italian teenager through Plymouth on January 2 before attacking her in a secluded area and saying: 'I have to kill you.'
Incident - Place - Teenager - Christmas - Break
During the shocking incident, which took place as the teenager was returning from a Christmas break in Italy, Hills held a seven-inch kitchen knife next to her chest.
He was found guilty of false imprisonment, being in possession of a bladed article and making threats to kill the woman at Plymouth Crown Court.
Hills - Address - Charges - Case - Identity
Hills, of no fixed address, had denied the charges saying it was a case of mistaken identity.
But police said Hills 'hunted' the victim likening the incident to a scene from the popular BBC crime drama Luther.
DC - Nathan - Drew - Plymouth - CID
DC Nathan Drew, of Plymouth CID, said: 'This was an extremely disturbing case involving a stranger-attack on a lone female in a dark, deserted city centre.
'The victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time, having just returned to Plymouth from Italy.
CCTV - Footage - Reminiscent - Scene - TV
'Chilling CCTV footage, reminiscent of a scene from the TV show Luther, shows she was hunted through the streets of Plymouth, until she reached a secluded spot and was attacked.
'Fortunately, a good Samaritan heard her cries and his shouts stopped the attacker. The defendant's actions were captured on the vast number of CCTV cameras we have in Plymouth and we were able to identify and capture him.'
Trial - Plymouth - Crown - Court - Victim
The trial at Plymouth Crown Court heard how the victim had just returned to Plymouth from a Christmas break in Italy when she was attacked on January 2.
Brian Fitzherbert, prosecuting, said she left the main coach station in Armada Way at about 6am.
Barrister - Jury - CCTV - Man - Woman
The barrister showed the jury CCTV of a man following the woman a...
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