Ely rapist jailed for 16 years

20/08/2014

A man responsible for the rape of a woman in her 90s at her home in Ely, Cardiff has been jailed for 16 years at Newport Crown Court.

Lee-Joseph Dixon had pleaded guilty to the attack at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that the attack took place in May this year when Dixon, 18, forced his way into his victim's home in the early hours of the morning, while on his way home from a party.

Kelly Huggins, Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service's Wales Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said:

"Lee-Joseph Dixon was responsible for a particularly brutal and abhorrent attack on an elderly and extremely vulnerable victim.

"The Crown Prosecution Service worked alongside South Wales Police from an early stage in their investigation. Together, we were able to swiftly build a strong prosecution case against Dixon, leading to his guilty plea.

"Whilst it is right that Dixon has today had to face up to his actions in a criminal court, we should not forget that his reprehensible behaviour has had a devastating effect on his victim. She has understandably found it hard to return to the relatively independent life she had enjoyed prior to this horrific incident and our thoughts are with her."