Lee Cyrus convicted for a series of sexual offences in Hampstead Heath

03/12/2013

Lee Cyrus, previously known as Ivan Leach, was convicted today (3 December) at Southwark Crown Court for 11 offences including exposure, robbery, aggravated burglary and wounding with intent. He will be sentenced on 13 December.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Cyrus conducted a terrifying campaign of increasingly violent crimes in the Hampstead Heath area of London between 24 October and 2 December 2012. 

"He targeted lone and vulnerable females and was often armed with a knife. His actions began as incidents of indecent exposure and progressed to brutal attacks on elderly women in their own homes.

"Lee Cyrus is a violent sex offender and his conviction today means that the public are now protected from his predatory impulses.

"I would like to thank all of the victims and witnesses who gave evidence in court, including one elderly victim who gave evidence via video link from New York.

"Cyrus refused to admit any involvement in these crimes and the prosecution team and police pieced together a huge quantity of crucial evidence in order to present the strongest case possible to the court. This has ultimately led to his conviction and he has now been brought to justice for these crimes."


Background

In 2012 Cyrus was a serving prisoner at an open prison, HMP North Sea Camp, in Lincolnshire. He committed two offences in Lincolnshire while still a serving prisoner on day release before absconding on 9 October, sparking a three-month nationwide manhunt.


Timeline and details of convictions

In Boston Cemetery, Lincolnshire:
Indecent exposure on 8 September
Indecent exposure on 15 September

In the Hampstead Heath area:
Indecent exposure on 24 October
Affray on 28 October
Indecent exposure on 28 October
Unlawful wounding on 2 November
Aggravated burglary on 19 November
Wounding with Intent on 20 November
Robbery on 30 November
Burglary on 1 December
Indecent exposure on 2 December

For info: Cyrus was acquitted today of one further count of indecent exposure on 28 October.