A 40-year-old man who raped a woman in a flower hut near Southfields Station while others held her down has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Mustafa Anacha, of Augusta Road in Wimbledon, was found guilty today of raping a 32-year-old woman in Replingham Road in the early hours of June 14 last year.

The Algerian national, who has lived in the UK for 12 years working in a fish and chip shop and different cafes, was one of three men who assaulted her after she returned from a night out.

She began speaking to them because they were with her friend.

After her friend left, Anacha and the two remaining men molested her on a bench before restraining her in the flower hut where Anacha raped her, the court heard.

Police are still trying to trace the two other men in the attack which took place between 4am and 5am.

Anacha was arrested on August 29 and taken into custody.

Appearing at Kingston Crown Court this afternoon, he was found guilty by a unanimous jury of rape and assault.

Delivering the sentence, Judge Peter Lodder QC, said: "The starting point for an offence of this nature is eight years but...this was aggravated, it was a group attack and you ejaculated.

"I accept that this may be out of character but in my mind that does little to mitigate this sentence of 10 years."