Guilty of rape after 30 years
Au pair’s attacker convicted by DNA on clothing
AN Uxbridge man who raped a teenage au pair more than 30 years ago has finally been convicted.
Billy Roy Day’s victim was just 19 at the time and had only been in London for six weeks when he attacked her as she walked through a park in Hendon on December 7, 1984.
Day, whose address at the time of his arrest was Oakdene Road, Uxbridge, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday July 28 of rape. The 50-year-old was also convicted, following a trial, of buggery and indecent assault on the same victim.
He is due back at the same court for sentencing on Friday, September 2.
Detective Constable Gary Farrelly, who was the investigating officer, said: “It was highly rewarding to be able to locate the victim and tell her that after all these years the man that had so brutally attacked her had been identified and arrested.
“I hope this case gives other victims of rape and sexual offences the confidence to report crime to the police so that we can investigate, and demonstrates that we are committed to bringing offenders to justice, whatever the passage of time.
“I would like to take this opportunity thank police colleagues overseas, who provided immense support to the victim and the overall investigation.”
Day’s victim was walking through Shirehall Lane Park, Hendon, on her way to meet a friend that evening when he pounced, intimating he had a knife, and raped her.
He was eventually caught after forensic advances enabled police to match his DNA with that found on the victim and her clothes at the time of the attack.
His DNA was uploaded onto the national database in 2013 and was found to be a one in a billion match to samples taken after the woman was raped.
Day, who lived very close to the park at the time of the offence and matched the description of the suspect, was subsequently arrested and charged.
Detectives from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command’s Complex Case Team, working with Europol, were able to track down the victim and inform her of the development.
CONVICTED: Billy Roy Day