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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Daniel Elliot sentenced to life imprisonment for series of sexual attacks in south London


Daniel Elliott, 24, was sentenced today for a string of rape and sexual assaults in the Carshalton and Wallington area between August and November last year. He received life imprisonment, with a minimum of eight years, at Croydon Crown Court.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, Baljit Ubhey OBE, said: "Daniel Elliott committed a series of terrifying sexual attacks on young women in the south London area between August and November 2014.

"Elliott preyed on the three women at night, attacking them in parks across the area. He used a combination of fear and intimidation, threatening his victims with either a knife or pepper spray before subjecting them to terrifying attacks.

"I would like to thank the victims for their strength and bravery in supporting this prosecution. Their evidence has helped bring Elliott to justice.

"Tackling rape and serious sexual assaults is a key priority for CPS London and we will continue to work closely with our police partners to support victims and bring offenders to justice."


Daniel Elliott was sentenced for the following charges:

  • Two counts of Rape - life imprisonment, with a minimum of 8 years
  • Assault by penetration - 8 years' imprisonment, concurrent
  • Attempted rape - 8 years' imprisonment, concurrent
  • Sexual Assault - 3 years' imprisonment, concurrent


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