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Man accused in vicious Regent Park attack sentenced to 10 years

A man who was caught on security camera video viciously attacking a woman behind a building in Regent Park in 2012 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Nathan Bumesi, 23, lured a 53-year-old woman behind a building in the Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Road area on April 3, 2012.

“The victim was punched, kicked, stomped, choked into unconsciousness repeatedly, stripped completely naked, sexually assaulted and left on the cold pavement to die,” Toronto police Det. Mark Bennalick, with the sex crimes unit, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

The woman survived the attack and had to undergo reconstructive surgery for facial and eye injuries. She also sustained injuries to her collarbone and shoulder and had a fractured skull.

Bumesi was arrested and charged in the case a day later. He pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault in October 2013 and was sentenced on Tuesday.

The judge who sentenced Bumesi called him a monster.

As part of his sentence, Bumesi has to provide a DNA sample to the national sex offender registry, and police believe this could lead to the solving of some cold cases.

“[It] might also shed additional light on further investigations,” Det. Bennalick said.

“Due to the terrifying amount of force, which was exerted by Bumesi in this occurrence, police are concerned there may be additional victims of unreported violence acts committed by this individual dating prior to April 2012.”

Toronto police have reached out to police in Windsor because Bumesi spent some time in the area prior to being arrested.