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Friday, 19 August 2016

A man from Wallington who barged his way into a pensioner's home and raped her has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars

46 year old Jason Batchelor of Maldon Road, Wallington, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court earlier after pleading guilty to rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, actual bodily harm and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence at a previous hearing.

Batchelor received a total of 20 years for rape with a 12-year custodial sentence, with eight years to be served on licence upon release.

He received the same sentence for attempted rape, sexual assault, actual bodily harm and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence. Each sentence is to run concurrently.

At about 8am, on Wednesday, the 11th of May, a woman in her 70s was in her kitchen at her home in Croydon preparing breakfast when Batchelor tapped on a window to the rear of her house.

The woman indicated for him to leave her garden, which he did, however he walked around the property and knocked on the front door.

The woman opened her door slightly to ask him what he wanted, at which point he placed his foot in the doorway and forced his way in.

Inside, he punched the woman, causing extensive bruising to her face. He then went on to rape her, before leaving the property taking cash from the victim.

The woman alerted the emergency services and was admitted to hospital for her injuries.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

Through specially trained detectives, the woman was able to provide a good description of Batchelor, including the tattoos on his neck and chest.

Media appeals immediately after the incident identified important witnesses who provided evidence of assistance to the investigation team.

As a result of detailed forensic examinations, DNA evidence was obtained and found to be a match for Jason Batchelor.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Keith Ward, said: "This was an horrific ordeal for this elderly lady and her courage and bravery throughout this investigation has been humbling.

Batchelor is a dangerous offender who committed offences against the woman in her own home, a place where she has every right to feel safe and secure.

I would like to praise my team of detectives for their dedication and diligence in securing this conviction.

Thankfully offences of this nature are very rare and I hope that the swift identification, arrest and charge of Batchelor will give other victims of sexual offences the confidence to come forward in the belief that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity by specially trained detectives who are committed to supporting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:10 pm  

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