August 2021

Sex offender jailed following assault in Salisbury

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A serious sex offender has been jailed for assaulting a woman in Hudson’s Field, Salisbury, two years ago.

Nicholas John Wells, 29, of Eyres Way, Salisbury, was caught following a determined police investigation and developments in DNA technology.

Wells appeared before Salisbury Crown Court, where he was sentenced to six years custody and placed on a four-year extended license to run following his release.

In addition, he must abide by the terms of a stringent Sexual Harm Prevention Order which requires that he must not be alone with any female he is not related to.

The court previously heard how Wells – who pleaded guilty to a charge of Section 2 Assault by Penetration –  sexually assaulted a woman in her 30s just after midnight on 19 May 2019 in Hudson’s Field.

Shortly after the incident an e-fit drawing of the suspect was released and Crimestoppers posted a £5,000 reward for any information. The appeal was renewed in May 2020, a year after the assault.

Developments in DNA evidence sampling technology meant that Wells, a suspect in the case, was matched to samples taken from the victim. 

It was this breakthrough that ultimately helped to identify Wells as the person who carried out this assault