Mario Sardo – Croydon/Maidenhead

Update: Now living in Maidenhead

June 2011

Seven years for sex attacker trapped by DNA after 20 years

A sex attacker who assaulted a woman two decades ago has been jailed after detectives cracked the cold case.

Mario Sardo was 23 years old when he assaulted his victim in a car park close to Chessington World of Adventures on Sunday April 8, 1990.

He was arrested in February this year after a case review in 2010 when his DNA, found on the victim, was matched through the national database.

At the Old Bailey, the 44-year-old was handed seven years for false imprisonment and five years for indecent assault to serve concurrently.

The sentence will begin once he has finished serving his current 18-month sentence for a 2010 assault against another woman.

Sardo assaulted his victim as she waited for a taxi to take her home from a work function in Croydon.

The taxi did not arrive and Sardo offered her a lift, but instead of dropping her off at home he drove her to a secluded car park where he carried out his attack.

DNA evidence was recovered but at the time, but police could not match it to a suspect and so stored it until a review by the Sapphire Team last year.

Sardo was found guilty of indecent assault and false imprisonment at the Old Bailey on Friday, June 10.

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