Portsmouth UK cops catch a sexual predator after 30 years

Below is an article that appeared on an internet UK news site “The News”. Portsmouth UK cops were able to match DNA evidence found on a rape victim that occurred 30 years ago to a suspect. When they arrested the predator he admitted to additional crimes. This arrest and the perpetrator is worth noting because the suspect is not only a pedophile but has assaulted adults too. Very unusual.

By Gareth Bethell
Court reporter “The News”

Philip Andrew thought he had got away with the assault on a 19-year-old in an alleyway near Clarence Road in Southsea.

Philip Andrew
“The News Picture”

The sexual predator went on to attack another woman in her home, threatening her with a knife and smothering her face with a pillow.

But now, thanks to advances in forensics, Andrew has been told he could face a life sentence in prison.

The 54-year-old was the first person to be arrested as part of a major operation by Hampshire police looking into cold cases.

Andrew had been due to go on trial for the rape but he changed his plea to guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Wearing grey trousers and a red and white T-shirt, he showed no emotion during the hearing and spoke only to enter his plea. Recorder Christopher Parker QC warned him he may face a life sentence because of his long history of offending.

Police initially launched an investigation after the attack took place about 3.25am on July 2, 1982.

But the culprit was never found.

Andrew, of Whitcombe Gardens, Milton, Portsmouth, was arrested earlier this year as part of the review into cases dating back to 1980.

Prosecutor Iain Wicks said Andrew’s first offence was when he was just 14 years old.

On that occasion he sexually assaulted a four-year-old child at a bus stop.

Eight years later, in 1978, he raped and assaulted a woman at Butlins in Bognor Regis, where he was working at the time.

Andrew told his victim ‘You’ve made a big mistake tonight, if you make a sound I will kill you’ before subjecting her to an horrific attack.

He was jailed for the assault and on his release he carried out the rape that until now had gone unpunished.

In 1989 he stole a key to a woman’s home in the Portsmouth area.

He let himself into her house at 3am, took a knife from her kitchen and jumped on the woman in bed and threatened to rape her.

She managed to talk him out of the attack and Andrew was later jailed for five years for burglary with intent to rape.

Richard Button, defending, asked for Andrew’s sentencing to be adjourned so that a psychiatric report could be carried out.

He said: ‘He has a history of depression and mood swings.’

Recorder Parker told Andrew: ‘I’m adjourning sentence now so that a psychiatric report can be prepared on you to look into your background, to examine the circumstances of your offending and in particular to consider the size of the risk to the public that you represent at present.

‘The court is bound to have in mind the possibility of a sentence of life imprisonment for you because of your record.’

Andrew was remanded in custody to be sentenced in December.

Detectives are looking at a total of about 2,500 unsolved cases across the area under Operation Galaxy.

So far they have reviewed about 700 cases – the majority of which are serious sex assaults – which happened between 1980 and 1985.

Forty of those have been singled out for further investigation by the Forensic Science Service who are looking at evidence such as swabs taken from crime scenes, victims, or clothing.

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