Ex-po­lice­man, 83, jailed for 1978 rape

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

A FOR­MER po­lice of­fi­cer who black­mailed a woman into sex 40 years ago when she could not pay a fine has been jailed in what is be­lieved to be Bri­tain’s old­est cold case break­through.

David Lo­max, 83, was serv­ing as a war­rant of­fi­cer with West York­shire Po­lice when he vis­ited the woman at her home in Leeds in Oc­to­ber 1978.

Leeds Crown Court heard how, when it be­came clear that the woman did not have suf­fi­cient funds to pay the money owed, the de­fen­dant threat­ened her with jail and told her that her daugh­ter might be taken into care.

He then of­fered an “es­cape route”, be­fore tak­ing the woman up­stairs and rap­ing her in her own bed­room. Al­though the in­ci­dent was re­ported by the vic­tim at the time, ju­rors were told how po­lice were un­able to charge Lo­max due to a lack of ev­i­dence.

Yes­ter­day, a jury convicted him by ma­jor­ity ver­dicts of sin­gle counts of rape and mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice. Friends and fam­ily in the pub­lic gallery burst into tears as Lo­max, of Water­looville, Hants, was handed a jail sen­tence of four years and nine months.

The break­through came from a DNA sam­ple found on a towel in the vic­tim’s house. Lo­max claimed he had sim­ply show­ered at her home as an ex­pla­na­tion for its pres­ence.

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