Appeal after rape victim sees attacker 25 years later

A fresh appeal has been made over a historic rape case after the victim was approached by a man she believes was her attacker 25 years later.

Detectives have released an e-fit of a man in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl in March 1991. The case remains unsolved after it was first reported to police on May 30, 2013.

Between March 7 and March 14, 1991, the victim was walking down an alleyway off Grampian Way, Langley, when she heard footsteps behind her.

She was pushed the ground by a man, who she did not know, and was raped.

At the time, the man was aged about 19, was stocky with broad shoulders, and had dreadlocks down to his chin. He was wearing jeans, a t-shirt and a leather jacket.

On July 26 of this year, the victim, now an adult, was walking through Slough Cemetery off Stoke Road after visiting a grave, when she was approached by a man who made derogatory comments to her.

The victim believes the man who spoke to her was the same man who raped her in 1991.

He is now described as aged in his forties, black, with a shaved head and was wearing a black t-shirt, dark blue stonewashed jeans and was wearing sunglasses perched on his head.

The e-fit was released today of a man police would like to speak to in connection with both incidents.

Det Sgt Peter Clarke from Maidenhead Force CID, said: “We are releasing this E-Fit image of a man who may have information which is significant to our investigation.

“We are issuing it in the hope that a member of the public may recognise him and come forward to police. The victim has had to live with the memory of what happened to her on that day in 1991 for more than 25 years and I hope this new appeal will assist in locating the offender.

“I would also like to appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the cemetery on Tuesday 26 July this year or anyone who has any information about the offence in 1991.”

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “This has completely destroyed my whole adult life. Coming face to face with him has brought back what happened when I was 13. If anyone can help to identify this man we can get him off our streets.”

Supt Gavin Wong, Local Police Area Commander for Slough, said: “Thames Valley Police takes all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously as they can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims. Anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence, whenever it has occurred, should come forward to report this to police and they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and all efforts will be made to identify and bring offenders to face justice.

“Detectives are investigating this serious offence and are currently working to identify the offender. Despite a thorough investigation being carried out when the rape was reported to police in 2013, the offender has not yet been located but, since the incident in the cemetery when the victim saw the man she believes attacked her, this has provided a new line of enquiry.

“I recognise the recent publicity surrounding a completely separate case in Slough Cemetery has concerned people however I would like to stress this is not being linked to this case and someone has been convicted and sentenced to a custodial sentence in relation to that offence.

“TVP has been carrying out a lot of work including with our partners such as the Safer Slough Partnership to ensure members of the community are confident in reporting sexual offences to police and comfortable in raising any community issues.”

Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information.

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