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Electrician sentenced to life for raping pensioner

|News, Sexual offences

Jobbing electrician Daniel Plain was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of ten years at Leeds Crown Court on 11 October for raping and sexually assaulting a 67 year old lady in her own home.

At 1.30 am on 17 February 2019, Plain (29) who was known to the victim, forced his way into her house, pulling his hood over his face. He raped her, whilst threatening to kill her with a knife he claimed to be carrying.

A relative of the victim walked past the address with her boyfriend after a night out some 40 minutes later, which disturbed Plain, who then ran off.

Claire MacDonald, from the CPS said: "Plain perpetrated a despicable attack on  this lady in her own bedroom. He subjected her to an utterly horrific ordeal and it is impossible to imagine the terror she must have experienced.

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

"I would like to pay tribute to the victim who has displayed immense courage and dignity during the investigation and prosecution.

"She is an exceptionally brave lady and our thoughts remain with her, and her family, as they have been throughout.

"Plain is a violent individual and a danger to women. He has now been sentenced to life as a result of his crimes."

Notes to editors

  • Claire MacDonald is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
  • Daniel Plain dob 1/7/90.

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