A man who raped a woman more than 20 years ago has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
The attack happened on a footpath in Stotfold while the woman was walking close to the Methodist church in the town in October 1992, Luton Crown Court heard on Friday (February 1).
The man cannot be named after judge Richard Foster made an order banning any reporting that identities him.
He is due to face trial for an unrelated offence later this year.
Sentencing the man, Mr Foster said the imprisonment would at least provide some closure to the woman after 20 years.
The man was arrested after DNA taken from him following an arrest for an unrelated drugs offence last year matched that held on the police database.
He initially declined to comment when interviewed by police but later pleaded guilty at a case management hearing.
Tim Clark, defending, said the man was a changed person who was full of remorse for what he had done and welcomed the punishment that faced him.
At the time the man was regularly abusing drugs and alcohol and was going through a difficult period in his life, he added.
But Mr Foster said a custodial sentence was the only suitable punishment for the man following such a serious sexual offence, in which there were also threats of violence.
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