Man jailed for his­tor­i­cal rape of teen

New DNA tech­nol­ogy helped catch man who sex­u­ally as­saulted au pair in 1984

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

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

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