A homeless lady from Ohio walked eight miles to the Franklin county courthouse to make sure the man who raped her underneath a side bridge served time for the crime he committed.
The 47-year-old woman, whose identity has not been revealed to the public, was asked in court if she needed to tell her side of the story. She reportedly dropped her head and started crying, however received the justice she deserved. The jury imposed a three-year jail sentence on Paul E. Hubert, 54, who pleaded guilty to rape.
Hubert also will be forced to register as a sex offender every ninety days for the remainder of his life, which is a part of a plea agreement.
The victim says she was sleeping below a bridge when she was raped on the afternoon of March 12th, reports The Columbus Dispatch. Hubert smacked her in the head and forced himself on her. Once he finished the attack, she says she walked to a store and asked the clerk to contact police. She received a DNA examination and the DNA matched Hubert’s, whose data was already in the system because of a 2007 conviction for receiving stolen property.
Before pleading guilty, Hubert claimed he paid the lady for sex, however his story was quickly rejected.
“He was counting on her not showing up,” said Columbus police detective James Ashenhurst. “If it wasn’t for her cooperation, he would have walked.”
The victim says she was driven by the thought of somebody else experiencing the pain she felt.
“I didn’t want to see him do it to anyone else,” she said. “If he would do that to me, imagine what he might do to this next victim.”
The woman says she has been homeless for 2 years and is hopeful she is going to find a home soon, reports ABC’s News.