Nottingham man who raped woman in front of her children in 1986 is jailed for life

Nottingham Crown Court
Nottingham Crown Court

A 54-year-old man who raped a woman in front of her children in their Basford home 30 years ago has been jailed for life.

John Bainbridge, of Beckett Street in Burton-on-Trent, was sentenced today (Friday 9 December 2016) having pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court.

Bainbridge must serve a minimum of eight years before he will be considered for release and he will be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

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Bainbridge lived in Bulwell when he broke into the victim’s home in the early hours of 15 May 1986, and armed with a knife carried out the attack in front of her two children who were aged five and nine.

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john-bainbridgeHe was not caught at the time despite a lengthy investigation but following recent advancements in DNA science, he was arrested and charged in June this year.

Detective Inspector Justine Wilson, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “I would like to offer the utmost praise to the victim and her children. For the last 30 years they have continued with their lives in the knowledge that this man had not been held responsible for his actions.

“It took great courage to agree to proceed with the prosecution and to attend court. These types of attacks are extremely rare but I hope this sends out the message that we will continue to bring offenders to justice no matter how long ago the crime.”
If you have any information relating to an historic offences, please do not hesitate to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

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