THIS terrifying image shows a pharmacist being led into a back room by a customer moments before she was brutally raped.
The woman was sexually assaulted after being targeted at her workplace in the city of Kharkiv in the Ukraine.
According to reports, a male customer entered the chemists to buy some drugs and noticing the young pharmacist was alone pounced.
Cops say the sex fiend grabbed the terrified woman by the neck and started to throttle her before dragging her into a back room.
A shocking picture taken from a CCTV video shows the attacker covering his victim’s mouth with his hand to prevent her from screaming.
Once in the room, he reportedly threatened to kill her if she wouldn’t obey and raped her in an “unnatural way”.
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Police say he was just about to strangle his victim when he was scared off by a female customer who walked into the pharmacy.
The customer found the crying and terrified pharmacist in the back room and called in the emergency services.
The victim was taken to hospital in the state of shock. Her life is not said to be in danger but she will need counselling to cope with the consequences of her ordeal.
Police officers recognised the suspect after studying the CCTV camera footage and arrested him several hours later.
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It turned out that the 44-year-old suspect, whose name has not been disclosed, had been earlier convicted for four rapes last of witch was committed in 2009.
Police spokesman Vyacheslav Abroskin said: “It took him six minutes to rape and almost kill the young pharmacist.”
The suspect faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. The investigation is ongoing.