Guilty of rape af­ter 30 years

Au pair’s at­tacker con­victed by DNA on cloth­ing

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

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

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