June 2015

‘Terrifying’ Rapist Who Preyed On Teenagers Jailed For Life

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A RAPIST who raped and sexually assaulted a number of teenage girls and young women in parks across south London just months after leaving prison for the same offence has today been jailed for life.

Daniel Elliott, 24, of Bromley, southeast London, is responsible for a terrifying spate of attacks in the Carshalton and Wallington area between August and November last year.

In 2010, he was convicted of raping a Japanese exchange student who had only been in the UK for two days and sentenced to five years at a Young Offenders Institute (YOI). He was only 19 years old at the time.

Within months of being released, he was preying on fresh victims.

The judge at Croydon Crown Court sentenced Elliott to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of eight years before he can be considered for parole.

He was found guilty of two counts of rape, assault by penetration, attempted rape and sexual assault.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, Baljit Ubhey OBE, welcomed the sentence, praising Elliott’s victims for showing bravery in bringing him to justice.

Ubhey said: “Elliott preyed on the three women at night, attacking them in parks across the area. He used a combination of fear and intimidation, threatening his victims with either a knife or pepper spray before subjecting them to terrifying attacks.

“I would like to thank the victims for their strength and bravery in supporting this prosecution. Their evidence has helped bring Elliott to justice.”

He added that tackling rape and serious sexual assaults was a key priority for CPS London.

During his trial, which ended on May 21, jurors heard that around 10.30pm on August 3, 2014, a 28-year-old woman was walking home from work along a footpath in Mellows Park, Wallington, when she was grabbed round the neck from behind by Elliott.

He threatened to stab her before sexually assaulting her and making off.

A month later, on September 5, at around 2am, a 16-year-old girl was with her boyfriend, also aged 16.

As they walked down Church Path, Beddington, a Elliott approached them. He forced them both onto the ground, saying he had pepper spray.

He held a tin can to the victim’s eyes and then sexually assaulted and raped her.

In November, a 17-year-boy and a 15-year-old girl were in a fenced off children’s playground at Grove Park, in Carshalton, around 8.30pm.

They were approached by Elliott who punched the boy in the face and dragged him to the ground.

He threatened to stab him and called over the girl. He then digitally penetrated her and tried to rape her. When she resisted he threatened to stab the boy again.

He then orally raped her before making off.

The boy and girl immediately called police. DNA samples at the scene matched that of Elliott, a registered sex offender who had been released on licence.

He was arrested on November 20.

A search of an address connected to him revealed the distinctive dark hoody seen on CCTV during the first attack. Mobile phone analysis put him at the scene of two of the sexual assaults at the relevant times.

Detective Inspector Keith Ward, the senior investigating officer from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: 

”Elliott is a predatory and dangerous man who despite having just been released from jail, carried out three brutal attacks in a matter of months.

“He didn’t care that two of his young victims were with their male friends at the time such was his determination to carry out these offences. The attacks have had a devastating and long-lasting impact on all his victims and I am glad that he will now spend a long time behind bars.