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South Wales man sentenced for sexual assaults

|News, Sexual offences

A sexual predator has been sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment for assaulting lone females in Cardiff.

Joshua Jolly, 27, pleaded guilty to attacking three women on separate occasions over the space of fourteen months, between February 2018 and April 2019.

The women were grabbed as they were walking in the early hours of the morning, pulled to the ground and sexually assaulted. Two of the victims had a hand placed over their mouths to stop them calling for help.

All of the women suffered physical injuries as a result.

Wendy Brady of the CPS said: “Joshua Jolly subjected these women to a terrifying ordeal for his own pleasure.

“Advice and guidance given by the CPS helped to build a strong case which resulted in these guilty pleas.”

Building the case

Along with DNA evidence from the fingernails of one of the victims, CCTV recordings were used to piece together which vehicles Jolly used on each occasion.

From there, South Wales Police officers were able to obtain GPS information from the vehicles allowing a link to be made between offence location and defendant.

Wendy Brady of the CPS said: “Blood from the third victim was found on the defendant’s clothing.  The combination of forensic evidence, GPS data and CCTV supported the witness’ accounts and led to a successful outcome.”

Jolly must serve at least two-thirds of the 16-year prison sentence then have a six-year extended licence period. He must also register indefinitely as a sex offender.

Notes to editors

  • Wendy Brady is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit.
  • Joshua Jolly (DOB: 18/06/1992) pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence and sexual assault (offences on 11 February 2018); assault by penetration (offence on 30 October 2019); assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by penetration (offences on 6 April 2019).

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