June 2021

Sexual predator who targeted elderly women jailed for 20 years

A twisted pervert who searched the internet for ‘granny porn’ went on to try and rape one elderly woman in her home and sexually targeted another has been jailed for 20 years.

Damian Lasota was described by a judge as the “stuff of nightmares” after preying on the two lone females in the Twerton area of Bath.

His campaign of terror was halted after police installed CCTV at the women’s homes and he was caught red handed and arrested.

Lasota, 27, of Parry Close in Southdown, Bath, pleaded guilty to attempted rape, two charges of trespass with intent to commit a sex offence and two charges of exposure.

He appeared in the dock at Bristol Crown Court with a grey jumper draped over his head.

Judge Julian Lambert handed him a 20-year sentence, comprising of a 13-and-a-half year jail term and six-and-a-half years extended licence.

Lasota will have to serve at least two-thirds of the custodial term before the parole board considers him eligible for release.

The judge told him: “You are a predatory sex offender who is the stuff of nightmares.

“You were a masked prowler, stalking women at dead of night.

“You are proved to have attacked an older lady who was highly vulnerable.

“You then continued looking for opportunities to offend further.

“Your intention was to subdue and then rape women in their own homes at night.

“To say you have a deeply disturbed sexual psychology is an understatement.”

Lasota was barred from working with children and vulnerable adults and ordered to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

James Haskell, prosecuting, told the court that last year police received some 40 reports of a man exposing himself to women in the Twerton area.

He said that, after Lasota’s arrest, there have been no further reports.

Mr Haskell told the court in May last year Lasota entered the home of a vulnerable 73-year-old woman and followed her to her bedroom.

Having pulled down his trousers and pants, he said he was not going to hurt her before trying to engage her in a sex act – which she declined.

The intruder told her “I like older women” as he exposed himself to her before leaving, the court heard.

After the incident was reported the woman’s home had a security upgrade complete with surveillance cameras.

Lasota was captured on camera as he returned to the woman’s home around 1am on several occasions and prowled in the back garden.

The court heard Lasota targeted a second woman, aged 65, by visiting her home in the early hours and exposing himself – which was also captured on CCTV.

Mr Haskell said: “Plain clothed police officers were in the area, near the address.

“They saw a male who appeared to be acting suspiciously.

“The defendant appeared to be shining a light towards her property.

“The defendant realised he had been disturbed and ran off.

“He was pursued by police and he was arrested.”

Lasota was found with small stones in his jeans pocket as well as face masks and a torch.

Analysis of his mobile phone confirmed internet searches for “granny pom”.