Man jailed for historical rape of teen
New DNA technology helped catch man who sexually assaulted au pair in 1984
AN Uxbridge man has been jailed for 11 years for raping a 19-year-old au pair in 1984, after being caught through new DNA technology.
Billy Roy Day, of Cumbrian Way, was found guilty of rape, buggery and indecent assault at Southwark Crown Court on July 28 and was sentenced on Friday September 2.
The victim had only been in London for six weeks when she was attacked by Day in Shirehill Lane Park, Hendon.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Gary Farrelly from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Day’s sentence reflects the severity of the crime he committed – one he thought he had got away with at the time.
“It was highly rewarding to be able to locate the victim and tell her that after all these years the man who had brutally attacked her had been identified and arrested.
“I hope she now takes some comfort in the fact he will spend a considerable time in prison.”
On December 7 1984, the young victim had made arrangements to go to the cinema with a friend when she was attacked at around 7.30pm by Day, who suggested to the woman he had a knife.
An early police investigation failed and no arrests were made and the victim returned home to her native country after she was attacked.
Then, in 1998, samples were taken from the victim and her clothing and the police were able to build a DNA profile of the offender, but still no arrests were made.
Finally, in 2013, Day’s DNA was uploaded into a database and was found to be a match.
He was found to live very close to the park at the time of the attack and he matched the description of the suspect.
Detectives reinvestigated the then case and, with the assistance of Europol, were able to track down the victim in her home country and flew out to her to let her know about the development.
Day, now 50 years old, was interviewed in August 2013 but declined to answer questions and so was charged with rape and indecent assault.
Det Con Farrelly added: “I hope that 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 to again thank police colleagues overseas, who provided immense support to the victim and overall investigation.”
n JAILED: Billy Roy Day