venerdì 13 gennaio 2017


WHEN police officers investigated the terrifying rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1987 they were given information which led them straight to the home of schoolboy Mark Harrison
But after speaking to him for just 5-10 minutes at his home in Edward Street, Nuneaton, they left without arresting him.
The officers did not conduct a formal interview, take a sample from him for DNA comparison or even check whether he had clothes which matched those of the rapist.
Now, almost 30 years after his rape of the girl on land at the edge of the Pingles leisure park in Nuneaton, a jury at Warwick Crown Court has taken just 50 minutes to convict him.
And the court has heard that in the intervening period Harrison had gone on to brutally attack and rape one woman and attack and attempt to rape another.
As a result, he is already serving an extended sentence of 24 years in prison, of which he will have to serve at least 16 years before he can even be considered for parole, with a further four years on licence after the expiry of that period.
His barrister Ian Speed commented: "One can only reflect on how different things might have been if he had been dealt with at the time and may have received assistance inside, and what two other victims might not have gone through."
For raping the schoolgirl when he was also 15, Harrison (45) formerly of Croft Road, Nuneaton, was jailed for 11 years.
That will not add to his overall sentence, but Judge Stephen Eyre QC said he was taking steps to make sure the Parole Board is aware of his assessment of Harrison's dangerousness.
During his trial the court heard Harrison was finally brought to justice thanks to the setting up of Operation Scenic by Warwickshire Police in 2014 to look into unsolved 'cold cases.'
A review of the DNA evidence provided a full-profile match between semen recovered from the girl's jeans and Harrison, with the odds of it being from anyone else being one in a billion.
By then he was already serving a 20-year sentence imposed in December 2013 for the brutal rape of a woman he had attacked as she was walking home later at night in 1992, and the extended sentence for the attempted rape of another woman after grabbing her and dragging her into a Nuneaton churchyard in 2002.
Outlining the rape of the schoolgirl, prosecutor Stefan Kolodynski said that in March 1987 she had spent the evening with friends, two of whom accompanied her part of the way home before she told them she could make her own way.
As she walked along a path along the edge of the Pingles leisure park, Harrison, wearing a balaclava covering most of his face, ran past her from behind and then stopped and turned back.
Without warning, he grabbed her in an arm lock and dragged her backwards to some nearby bushes.
As the terrified girl pleaded with him to let her go, he forced her to the ground, knelt on her arms, pinning her down, and pulled her jacket and blouse open, and lifted her bra.
He then quickly got up and turned round to kneel astride her facing away from her before undoing her belt and ripping her jeans open so the top button popped off.
Harrison then dragged her a little further, and as she talked to him to try to persuade him to stop, he revealed that he attended George Eliot School.
She said he let go of her and ordered her to strip, and when she asked whether he meant everything, Harrison, who said he had a knife, told her: "Just your jeans will do."
Asked why he was doing it, she said he told her: "I suppose I get my kicks."
She did as she was told, and as she took one leg out of her jeans he pushed her down on her back and began kissing her and digitally penetrating her before raping her at his second attempt.
He then stood up, pulled up his jeans and ran off, and the girl ran home and told her mother what had happened.
She was examined by a police surgeon who took swabs from her and from her clothing, including the crotch of her jeans.
From her description of her attacker and the name of his school, the police spoke to Harrison, but he was never arrested and no sample was taken from him for comparison.
The samples taken from the girl were archived and left into cold storage – until Operation Scenic was set up.
When Harrison was finally arrested in December last year, he replied: "I am innocent." And he claimed he had never had sex until he was 18 years old.
Giving evidence, in response to questions from Mr Speed, Harrison said he was aware of the investigation at the time because the police had come to his home.
But he said they spoke to him for just 5-10 minutes, and there had been no mention by the officers of his clothing, or of an identity parade being held or samples being taken from him.
Harrison asserted: "Everything that's said about me isn't true at all. I'm not that kind of person. I don't act rough towards males or females in that way. There's a genuine mistake somewhere with the DNA."
He said he did not accept the DNA evidence which linked him to the rape in 1992 or the attempted rape in 2002, despite having pleaded guilty to that offence, and did not accept it was his semen on the girl's jeans.
After the jury returned its verdict, Mr Koldynski read out part of the victim's statement, in which she said: "For me, the ordeal I suffered is something I have to live with every day."
Mr Speed pointed out that Harrison's earliest date of release, subject to the Parole Board's decision, would be 2030.
"But by his stance with regard to not accepting his guilt, his actual sentence will not be terminated until 2042."
Jailing Harrison, who already has to register as a sex offender for life, Judge Eyre told him: "This was a rape at night of a young woman, and you used violence and threatened even more violence. It was a terrifying ordeal for her.
"She has shown great courage in getting on with her life, but your actions have had a great effect on her.
"You committed very similar offences in February 1992 and in August 2002, using violence to rape or attempt to rape lone women walking through Nuneaton at night.
"I have no doubt you are a dangerous offender. If I were sentencing you now for the 2002 offence, knowing you had started at the age of 16, I would be considering a life sentence."

Cape Town - The department of correctional services said on Wednesday that the country's most notorious inmate, Ananias Mathe, had died of natural causes.
"[We] wish to inform and confirm the death of offender Ananias Mathe who died at the King Edward Hospital in Durban," a statement by the department said.
"Mathe died yesterday [Tuesday] on the 27th of December, 2016, at 16:30 due to natural causes."
Mathe received treatment at the Edendale Hospital, before he was admitted at the King Edward Hospital in Durban on December 23 for an operation.
The department was unable to confirm Mathe’s age.  
Mozambican-born Mathe was convicted of rape, murder and house robbery, and was known for several escape attempts from maximum security prisons across the country.
In 2006, Mathe escaped from Pretoria C-Max Prison by using petroleum jelly to squeeze through prison bars.
According to the department, Mathe had been ill for about a month.

Serial rapist Ananias Mathe died of natural causes - correctional services dept 2016-12-28  James de Villiers, News 24

Annanias Mathe (c. 1976 – December 27, 2016),[1] sometimes spelt Ananias Mathe, was a notorious serial rapist and armed robber from Mozambique who achieved further notoriety in 2006 by being the only person to have ever escaped from the maximum high-security C-Max Penitentiary in PretoriaSouth Africa.
Mathe was initially arrested on 51 counts of murder, attempted murder, rape, hijacking and armed robbery in November 2006.
Whilst being detained in the A6 ward of C-Max Penitentiary which houses dangerous and hardened criminals, Mathe managed to escape by smearing himself with petroleum jelly and sliding out of his cell window, measuring only 20 cm x 60 cm. This daring escape led the South African press to dub him 'Houdini'.[2] Mathe had escaped from police custody before, previously in April 2005.
His last escape prompted a nationwide manhunt, the events of which were closely monitored by local media. He was re-arrested on 4 December 2006 (about two weeks after his escape), when he hijacked a car in the affluent Johannesburg suburb of Craighall. Unknown to Mathe, the vehicle was fitted with a satellite tracking device, which led police and private security companies to Mathe after a chase which saw him being shot three times in the leg and buttocks.
Mathe was found guilty on 64 of 71 charges including rape, attempted rape, attempted murder, robbery and theft,[3] and was sentenced to 54 years imprisonment with a minimum of 43 years.[4] Six prison wardens linked to his latest escape were dismissed

Annanias Mathe From Wikipedia

A Willingboro man charged with four sexual assaults in Trenton and one in Camden was previously convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in the sexual assault of a minor who was between 13 and 15 years old, reports.
As a result, 30-year-old Andre Wesley was put on a sex offender registry and placed under parole supervision for life, according to the report. Because he was on parole supervision and due to the seriousness of the most recent offenses, his bail was changed from $1 million cash or bond to $1 million cash only.
Wesley has been charged with attempted murder, multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault, weapons offenses, aggravated assault and criminal restraint. 
He remains incarcerated in Camden County on $2 million bail for the assault in that county.
Wesley is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Elmer Street and cutting her neck and leg on March 31. She was able to get away but sustained a large laceration to her leg that required emergency surgery.
During his court appearance on Tuesday, it was revealed that a woman who accused him of sexual assault on Nov. 17 is the same woman he is alleged to have attacked in the March 31 incident, according to the report.
In the Nov. 17 incident, the woman accuses Wesley of punching her in the face several times and strangling her during the sexual assault. She was found in the area of South Clinton and Hamilton avenues suffering from multiple fractures to her face.
In another Nov. 17 attack, police say he sexually assaulted a woman and stabbed her in the neck with a pair of scissors. The victim received several sutures at a local hospital. 
In the other Trenton assault, Wesley is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Sept. 22 at a residence on Chestnut Avenue. Police allege he punched and choked the woman before locking her inside a second-story bathroom. She climbed out of the window after she heard Wesley leave the residence.
He was ultimately arrested on Dec. 3 after he was accused of sexually assaulting and stabbing a woman in Camden, according to the Courier Post. When police confronted him at his home, he was carrying a butcher’s knife and appeared intent on having police kill him.

Alleged Serial Rapist Previously Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Child December 28, 2016

Violent, Serial Rapist Charged In 4 Mercer County Sexual Assaults: Prosecutor December 21, 2016

A serial sex offender from Derry who is currently serving a prison sentence for historic child abuse has been given an additional 30 month jail term for raping a young girl.
Douglas Ayton, 64, of Donneybrewer Road, Eglinton, pleaded guilty to rape, six counts of indecent assault on a female and three counts of indecency towards a child.
The offences took place between January 1, 1988 and December 31, 1989 when the victim was 14 years old.
Ayton is currently serving a 12-year sentence for the sexual assault of two other young girls.
The court was told the female victim in the latest case became aware that Ayton had been convicted of similar crimes and contacted police to tell them she had been subjected to similar behaviour when she was a babysitter.
The court heard it started out as inappropriate touching and progressed to much more serious offending, culminating in the rape of the young girl in his living room.
The court was told the victim had grown into a “very resilient lady” who was “courageously dealing” with the psychological impact of the attacks.
Deputy Judge Gemma Loughran said that if the defendant had not pleaded guilty the starting point for sentencing would have been eight years - added to his current sentence.
However, credit was given for his guilty plea and his co-operation with prison services.
The judge said Ayton committed the acts for his own “sexual gratification” and betrayed the trust of the young girl’s family “who were unaware of your sexual deviancy.”
The sexual attacks took place when the defendant was in his late 20s to early 30s and was a married man.
Judge Loughran imposed a sentence of 30 months for rape and one year for the remaining charges, to run concurrently.
This is to be added to his current prison sentence.
The defendant must also sign the sex offenders register for life and will be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for a period of ten years.

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