Sadistic Bradford rapist Andrew Delsol jailed for life

A sadistic torturer has been jailed for life for raping two women as part of a savage and gruesome reign of terror spanning thirty years.

Andrew Delsol was described by the judge today as “charming and clever on one side and vicious and self-obsessed on the other.”

He must serve a minimum of nine years behind bars before he can even be considered for release by the Parole Board.

Delsol, 55, made a chilling threat to murder one of the survivors of his campaign of sickening violence after he was convicted of 11 offences by a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

They included four offences of rape, a Section 18 wounding, living on the earnings of prostitution, two offences of making a threat to kill, two offences of indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

One of the women, who bravely gave her evidence without screens around the witness box, was in court when Delsol threatened: “I’ll murder that bitch,” as he was taken to the cells.

He is currently serving a 13-year extended sentence imposed in 2015 for terrorising a young mother he locked in an attic flat in Bradford.

During the two-week trial, the first woman told how she was beaten and raped by Delsol when she was a teenage sex worker in Bradford.

“He needs putting away for life. He’ll carry on hurting people. He was handsome and beautiful…but he was evil, is evil” – Delsol victim

The ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ abuser forced her to earn a £100 a day to leave in a drawer for him to collect.

He punched and kicked her, tried to drown her in the bath and indecently assaulted her with a carpet cleaner pole.

She came forward after seeing Delsol’s photograph in the Telegraph & Argus when he was jailed in 2015.

“I don’t like the thought that he’s still out there doing this to young girls,” she said.

She met Delsol when she was 17 or 18 and was with him for a few months. He was smartly dressed, with two cars, a TR7 and a BMW.

He soon became controlling and demanding, encouraging her to buy red and black outfits and to wear high heels to attract customers for sex.

When Delsol found out that she was seeing clients behind his back, he turned up with a massive tree branch and demanded that she go home.

He slapped her, winded her with a punch and kicked her in the head.

“I did think he was a bit of a schizophrenic, but I think it’s more ‘psychopath’ now,” she said.

Another time, he accused her of sleeping with someone else and made her get into a cold bath.

“He tried to drown me a few times. He was holding my head under the water,” she said.

He then made her stand against the bathroom wall and indecently assaulted her with the carpet cleaner pole before taking the bulb out of a light and trying to put her finger in it.

“Psychologically, I think he was just playing with my head really,” she said. “He was like a Jekyll and Hyde.”

Delsol battered the second woman round the head with a hairbrush and plunged a screwdriver into her leg. He poured petrol on her before flicking a lighter and threatening to kill her.

The woman told how she was smitten with Delsol. He was 6ft 4ins tall and physically beautiful, she said. But he took control of her, mentally and physically. His eyes would mist up and go red when he attacked her.

Delsol would assault her in the woods where no one could hear her screaming.

He held her under water in a lake, threatened her with an axe, picked her up by the hair and punched her to the side of the head.

“He just battered me black and blue every day,” she said. “He needs putting away for life. He’ll carry on hurting people.”

The woman described Delsol as “evil and Narcissistic.”

“He was handsome and beautiful…but he was evil, is evil,” she said.

In March 2015, Delsol was labelled a dangerous sadist and sentenced to eight years behind bars as part of a 13-year extended term of imprisonment.

He was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of falsely imprisoning a woman in his attic flat in Gaythorne Road, West Bowling, Bradford, over a four-month period.

He was also convicted of two offences of common assault, by causing her to fear violence from him, and one of illegally possessing a martial arts knife.

She told the court she lived in terror of Delsol. He frothed at the mouth with rage and threatened to “bust her skull open.”

In 2009, Lancashire Police issued a rarely used Violent Offender Order to protect women from Delsol. “When he is released, he will pose a real and serious threat to the public, especially young females,” they said.

Delsol was jailed for eight years at Carlisle Crown Court in 2002 after telling his teenage girlfriend that he would dismember her.

He held her captive for six days, smashing her nose with his hand till the bone cracked, knifing her in the neck, kicking and punching her stomach, hurling her head-first into a wall and beating her with a length of wood.

In one terrifying episode, he brandished an axe, saying he would use it to dismember her.

In 1989, Delsol was jailed for 15 years at Sheffield Crown Court for brutal offences against a former Bradford woman. He burned her with a blowtorch, tried to make her drink bleach and forced her out of a window with a rope around her neck.

At the time, Delsol was awaiting trial for a sadistic attack on his first victim. He was jailed for two years nine months for a string of assaults on the 25-year-old Bradford woman over a five-year period, including fracturing her skull.

Speaking after the sentencing, the officer in the case Detective Constable Andrew Ellis, of Bradford District CID, said: “Delsol is clearly a very dangerous man and I hope the sentence he has received today will be of some comfort to his victims.

“I would like to thank them for their courage in testifying against someone who subjected them to sexual abuse and violence.

“I also hope it encourages other victims of historic sexual offences to contact their local Safeguarding Unit, whose specially trained officers will investigate every report and provide support for the victims so perpetrators like Delsol can be brought to justice.”

One of Delsol’s victims also issued a statement after sentencing was passed.

She said: “I would like to thank West Yorkshire Police for the support they have given me throughout this case, and the jury who believed in me.

“I am elated at this verdict which means I can move forward with my life, knowing the man who violently and sexually abused me and other women has been given a life sentence.”

Judge Burn commended DC Ellis and DC Antoinette Williams for their painstaking work on the case.