April 2007

Man jailed for sex attack on three-year-old

A predatory sex attacker who carried out a horrifying assault on a three-year-old girl was jailed indefinitely today.

Darren Rose, 21, of Duke Street, Abertillery, South Wales, was caught by police when his DNA matched that under the fingernails of a woman who scratched his face when he attacked her the previous night, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

The little girl’s grandfather said today that the whole family wished Rose could be executed for what he had done.

And he said: “I’ve thanked the other victim for scratching his face because if it hadn’t been for her I’m convinced he may have got off with it.”

Rose pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman, who was in her 30s, and assault by penetration of the three-year-old, at an earlier hearing.

David Webster, prosecuting, told the court the assault on the three-year-old happened on New Year’s Day.

Rose was later arrested and denied the assault, but police took a DNA swab from him and a search was carried out on their database.

Mr Webster said Rose’s DNA was found to match that of cells taken from under the fingernails of a woman assaulted on New Year’s Eve.

Defending Rose, Marion Lewis said: “He is at a loss to explain why he committed these offences. He is very concerned and frightened himself that he has behaved in this way.”

She added: “His shame and remorse are genuine.”

Judge Christopher Llewellyn-Jones QC said he dreaded to think what might have happened to the woman if she had not managed to fight Rose off.

And he described the incident involving the girl as a “horrifying” attack which had left her severely injured, both physically and emotionally.

He sentenced Rose to an indeterminate term in prison and said he could not apply for parole for four years, minus the 106 days he has already spent in custody.

The three-year-old’s grandfather said afterwards: “I wish they could execute him – that’s the whole family’s feelings.”