Video: As Beeston rapist Zdenko Turtak is sentenced to 20 years watch him being taken into custody in Leeds

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The predator who sparked an international manhunt after carrying out the brutal rape of an 18-year-old in Leeds has been sentenced to 20 years.

Zdenko Turtak has been told by Leeds Crown Court he must serve at least 14 years in jail after he attacked the teenager as she waited for a bus on Beeston Road in Beeston on the evening of March 6.

He dragged her into a nearby garden and battered her 18 times with a rock before sexually assaulting her.

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The 22-year-old then fled the country, prompting West Yorkshire Police to contact police forces across the world in a bid to track him down.

Turtak, who had been living in Leeds on-and-off for about four years, was eventually arrested in his native Slovakia in June after police there matched his DNA to a sample obtained from the victim.

He was initially charged with rape and attempted murder.

But the Crown Prosecution Service accepted pleas to rape and grievous bodily harm.

West Yorkshire Police have now taken the unusual step of releasing footage of Turtak being taken into custody and finger-printed at Elland Road police station.

It shows him being led silently from the arriving police van into the custody area before the charges are read.

It ends with him being locked in a cell.

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