Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

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Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:16 pm

David Bryant tracked down by cold-case detectives after taking and sexually assaulting four girls in 1980s and 1990s.


David Bryant carried out four separate attacks on young girls in Hampshire and Tyneside. Photograph: Handout

A paedophile who abducted four young girls from the street in the 1980s and 1990s and sexually abused them has appeared in court after cold-case detectives linked his DNA to the crimes.

David Bryant, a 65-year-old grandfather from Ulverston, Cumbria, was due to be sentenced at Newcastle crown court on Friday but the case was adjourned until next week.

The court heard that Bryant carried out separate attacks on young girls in Hampshire and Tyneside. He has admitted four counts of kidnap and four of sexual assault.

Mark Giuliani, for the prosecution, told the court: "A familiar feature of this offending is how the defendant targeted young girls out playing near their homes.

Perhaps it is a sad reflection on society in the 21st century that such behaviour is greatly curtailed. Children have been effectively robbed of part of their childhood."

Bryant's first victim, a five-year-old girl, was snatched in 1982 outside her Hampshire home. The girl's mother had gone into the house to get drinks for children playing in the street. Moments later a couple said they had found the girl and seen a man run away. Bryant's DNA was recovered from the scene.

The following year a three-year-old was taken as she played with friends in Southampton. The court heard that Bryant lured her into woods with the promise of showing her some puppies and sexually abused her.

Speaking as an adult, the girl said: "When I hear an ice-cream van playing its music I am left with chills all over my body. I am left remembering what happened to me at a very young age."

In 1995, a five-year-old girl disappeared while she was playing outside her home. She was found three hours later more than 30 miles from her house and had been abused.

Later that year a four-year-old from Newcastle's west end was abducted as she walked 30 yards to a friend's house. Bryant admitted that he had taken her to a caravan in Cumbria before leaving her in Darlington the next day.

The former soldier abused her and bathed her to remove traces of his DNA. The girl's mother said she smelled of baby lotion when she was reunited with her family.

The court heard that the girl knocked on a woman's door, saying: "I cannot find my daddy. I have lost my daddy."

The prosecution told the court that Bryant was convicted of three sex offences against women between 1975 and 1984.

The case was adjourned until 16 March to allow for further consultation on psychiatric and pre-sentence reports.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/09/paedophile-dna-david-bryant

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Re: Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:29 pm

He looks a lot older than 65, nearer 80, I hope that is because he has spent years of worrying about being caught! Bast.rd!

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Re: Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:38 pm

sassy1261 wrote:He looks a lot older than 65, nearer 80, I hope that is because he has spent years of worrying about being caught! Bast.rd!

My thoughts exactly Sassy, you can run but you can't hide. Lots of sleepless nights for many who think they've escaped justice Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:42 pm

Feelthelove wrote:

My thoughts exactly Sassy, you can run but you can't hide. Lots of sleepless nights for many who think they've escaped justice Evil or Very Mad

And he's a grandfather! I hope they check his his grandchildren, puts a shiver up your spine!

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Re: Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:55 pm

sassy1261 wrote:

And he's a grandfather! I hope they check his his grandchildren, puts a shiver up your spine!

B'stard. How many others are there?

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Re: Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:59 pm

Too many!

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Re: Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:22 pm

Feelthelove wrote:

B'stard. How many others are there?

I know they were going through old cases where they have got forensics so hopefully there are a few more looking over their shoulders tonight

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Re: Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:05 am

Every time I read a case like this I offer a prayer of thanks to Professor Sir Alec Jeffries, the Englishman who initiated DNA profiling back in 1987. In fact the first case where profiling was used was in Leicestershire, a case featured in Wambaugh's book "The Blooding". An Englishman we can all be proud of.

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