New DNA tests help snare 1985 sex attacker
ADVANCES in DNA and forensic science snared a rapist more than 30 years after he subjected his victim to a horrifying sex attack as she walked home.
Ronald Dickens, 47 ( above), pleaded guilty to the 1985 rape at Coventry Crown Court on Monday and was jailed for eight years.
Warwickshire Police said a major cold case review of sex crimes where the offender was never identified had used modern forensic techniques to help bring Dickens to justice.
The female victim was in her 20s when Dickens struck, having followed her in Rugby in the early hours of November 24, 1985.
Dickens, of Rugby, then dragged his victim into a lane and subjected her to what police described as a “brutal and violent” assault.
After sentencing, Det Sgt Paul Thompson said: “This incident completely changed her life and she has been looking over her shoulder for the past 30 years, not knowing who assaulted her.”
He commended the victim’s courage, adding that it had been “an incredibly traumatic process” for the woman.
Mr Thompson added: “I hope the conclusion of this case gives the victim some closure and allows her to move on from this awful experience.”