DNA match catches rapist after 20 years

John Leeming has been jailed for a total of seven years.
John Leeming has been jailed for a total of seven years.
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A SEXUAL predator has been jailed for attacking a South Yorkshire teenager - 20 years after the assault.

John Leeming was jailed for seven years for the sexual assault in Doncaster and the rape of a woman in Bradford.

Sophie Drake, prosecuting at Leeds Crown Court, said the Doncaster attack happened as the 18-year-old got home from a night out in Sheffield.

As she arrived home in Wheatley in August 1992, at about 4.15am, Leeming asked to use her phone before attacking her. He removed her top and, when she tried to push him away, punched her in the face. He removed the rest of her clothes, forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

The court heard, since the assault, she had changed from being the life and soul of the party to someone with little confidence and suffered panic attacks.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC was told Leeming also raped a student in Bradford in October 1991, after she came home from a night out.

Leeming, of Whitkirk, Leeds, admitted rape and two charges of indecent assault.

Sentencing, Judge Marson said the Doncaster attack was a persistent and gross attack during which he threatened to kill his victim.

Leeming was caught after he was cautioned in 2010 for a road rage incident and his DNA matched both attacks.

Derek Duffy, for Leeming, said a head injury from a motor cycle accident in 1990 had caused changes in Leeming contributing to his actions.

After the case, Detective Sergeant Ian Harding, of South Yorkshire Police’s cold case review team, said: “The woman attacked in South Yorkshire has found what happened to her difficult to come to terms with.

“I hope seeing justice done, however late that may be, gives her some satisfaction and confidence for the future.

“I am sure Mr Leeming thought he had escaped justice and it gives my team and me great satisfaction to see him proved wrong.”