A 60-year-old man has pleaded guilty to raping, indecently assaulting and imprisoning a young woman in her Swindon home – almost 30 years ago.
David John Mears, 60, from Plymouth, was charged on Thursday 21 April 2016 with rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault carried out in Swindon in 1987.
On Friday 20 May 2016 Mears appeared at Swindon Crown Court and pleaded guilty to all three charges. The case was adjourned for psychiatric reports and sentencing is due to take place on Friday 8 July 2016 at the same venue.
Detective Inspector Mark Power said: “On Wednesday 12 August 1987 David Mears broke into a property in Swindon and carried out a vicious sexual assault on a 16 year old woman. An investigation was launched at the time but no one was convicted.
“However, following a detailed review of our cold cases officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) identified new lines of enquiries for this serious sexual assault.
“The *Brunel team reviewed this case and new evidence was discovered through the use of modern forensic methods. Methods which were not available to officers 30 years ago, but thanks to the advances in technology we were able to take this case forward.
“We now await sentencing, following today’s guilty plea – which we see as a positive result, reflecting the hard work the Brunel team has done and the benefits of the advancement in forensics.
“The welfare of the victim continues to be our priority and we are ensuring that she is provided specialist support.
“Please remember, anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault is encouraged to report it to police on 101 or call the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on 0808 168 0024 for independent specialist support.”