Man handed life sentence for sickening attack

06/05/2011

A dangerous Bristol man has been sentenced to life, following a violent and sickening attack on a lone woman in her home in Bedminster in October last year.

Ross Parsons, 33 and from South Bristol was sentenced to life with a direction that he serves a minimum of 12 years for a charge of attempted murder.

Additionally he received a further two life sentences for rape and aggravated arson, with a recommendation that he serves seven and a half years and six years respectively to run concurrently.

The court was told that he entered the property on South Street in the city at around 4.30am on Friday October 1 to commit a burglary. After taking property including bank cards, an iPod, laptop and camera, he then subjected the woman who was at home at the time, to a vicious rape, assault and set a number of fires in the house.

The woman managed to escape from the property and the alarm was raised. A relentless investigation was launched immediately and following a two-day man-hunt Parsons was located in the city and arrested.

He was charged with burglary, rape, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life and held in custody.

CPS District Crown Prosecutor Richard Levene, said: "Ross Parsons broke into a stranger's home and terrorised her, tying her to the bed, raping her and finally lighting a fire in an attempt to cover his tracks.

"We worked closely with Avon and Somerset Police throughout this investigation and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole prosecution team that we were able to bring him to justice so quickly."