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Brutal Bradford rapist sentenced to life

|News, Sexual offences , Violent crime

A brutal rapist who deliberately initiated relationships with vulnerable women has been sentenced to life, to serve a minimum of nine years at Bradford Crown Court today (23 October) for raping and assaulting two women in 1985 and in 1999.

Andrew Delsol began relationships with the women which, although beginning positively, quickly deteriorated into possessive, controlling and violent behaviour.

On one occasion Delsol forced the first victim into a cold bath, held her head under the water, and forced an object into her, causing significant internal injury. He then punched her and instructed her to put her finger in a live electrical socket, tied her neck to her feet with a sheet and raped her.

The second victim was repeatedly assaulted, bitten and raped by Delsol and in one incident was threatened with an axe.

Pauline McCullagh from the CPS said: "Delsol is a highly dangerous and viciously brutal individual. He deliberately targeted vulnerable women in order to control, rape and assault them.

"These two women have shown immense courage in coming forward many years later and helping us to build a robust prosecution case against their abuser for the offences he committed against them decades ago.

"The impact of sexual violence of this kind goes beyond physical injury and its effects for the victims are long-lasting and traumatising.

"I hope that the sentence imposed today is of some comfort to them. Our thoughts remain with them."

Notes to editors

  • Pauline McCullagh is Head of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit, CPs Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Andrew Delsol (11/8/64) was found guilty of the following counts on 22 October:
    • Threats to kill x 2
    • Unlawful Wounding
    • Actual Bodily harm

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