September 2021

Man admits raping 71-year-old woman at her home after DNA breakthrough

New DNA evidence meant officers arrested Wells, 63, more than 40 years after he raped the pensioner in her home


A sex monster has pleaded guilty to the horrific rape of a pensioner in her own home – more than 40 years ago.

It comes after cops made a new DNA breakthrough in the case that remained unsolved since the attack in 1980.

Tragic Violet Brown, 71, who lived alone, was woken by the sound of Kenneth Wells, 63, breaking into her house and coming into her bedroom.

Wells raped Ms Brown before he fled the property in Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire, after locking her inside.

She had to wait until the next morning before being able to alert her neighbours and the police.

Wells was arrested shortly after the attack and remained the prime suspect, but there was never enough evidence to lead to a charge.

The file remained with Wiltshire Police and was re-examined over the years to see if there were any potential new leads.

Last summer, officers from the Major Crime Team reopened the cold case and using the latest in DNA technology, cops were able to confirm a direct match between evidence recovered from the original scene and Wells.

He was arrested at his home in Salisbury in June and was subsequently charged with burglary, rape and false imprisonment.

Ms Brown died in February 1996, at the age of 87, without seeing her attacker brought to justice.

Wells, of Verona Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court today and pleaded guilty to burglary, rape and false imprisonment in the early hours of November 6, 1980.