July2016

Rapist David Mears jailed for 1987 attack on Swindon teenager

A man has been jailed for life for raping a teenage girl in 1987 – after police reopened the “cold case” almost 30 years later.

David John Mears, 60, broke into the 16-year-old’s home in Swindon and attacked her on 12 August.

He was arrested in April after new forensic techniques uncovered fresh evidence.

Mears, from Plymouth, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of eight years at Swindon Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault at an earlier hearing.

The court heard Mears broke into the house where the girl was staying and blindfolded, then violently sexually assaulted her.

May 2016

‘Cold case’ rapist admits 1987 attack on Swindon teenager

A man has admitted raping a teenager in 1987 – after police re-opened the “cold case” almost 30 years later.

David John Mears, 60, broke into the 16-year-old’s home in Swindon and attacked her on 12 August.

He was arrested last month after new forensic techniques uncovered fresh evidence.

Mears, from Plymouth, also pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and indecent assault.

He will be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on 8 July.