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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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Convicted murderer Mark Dixie pleads guilty to serious sexual assaults


Convicted murderer Mark Dixie, 46, has today (26 July) admitted two serious sexual assaults on women committed 15 years apart.

Dixie, who is serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 34 years for murdering Sally Anne Bowman in Croydon in 2005, pleaded guilty to three offences at Southwark Crown Court.

Rob Davis, from the CPS, said: "These were serious crimes which followed the pattern of Mark Dixie's offending both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

"These offences took place many years ago and we thank both victims for supporting this prosecution."

Dixie raped one woman in 1987 in a Croydon car park when he was 16 years old, after grabbing and dragging her into the back of her car. He raped her, before tying up and gagging her.

The woman freed herself and ran for assistance nearby. At the time of the offence the victim did not feel able to support a prosecution. New evidence came to light in 2009 when fingerprints which had been found in the woman's vehicle shortly after the offence, were linked to him.

The second incident took place in December 2002 in Croydon town centre, when Dixie attacked a second woman who was walking home in the early hours of the morning. He struck her on the head with a weapon, described as a small crowbar, before dragging her up some stairs and threatening: "I am going to kill you". He then indecently assaulted her. The attack was interrupted by a member of the public.

Dixie will be sentenced on 22 September 2017.


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