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Crack addict’s ‘vile’ rape of dementia sufferer, 85
11:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
THE daughter of an 85-year-old dementia sufferer raped by a burglar says the 15-year sentence he was given yesterday was too short.
Crack cocaine addict Daniel Smith, 23, climbed through the bedroom window of the woman’s home in West Oxford and committed the “depraved” sex attack, Oxford Crown Court heard.
Judge Patrick Eccles told him he had committed a “vile and despicable crime”.
But speaking after the hearing, the daughter of Smith’s victim – who caught him leaving her mother’s house after the crime – said he should have received life in prison.
She said: “He deserves what he’s got, though it should have been life, because we feel like we have been given a life sentence. I have to look at my mum and, although she doesn’t remember it as far as we can see, she’s always suspicious of people.
“What he did was horrific. My mum would say there was someone outside her window before, but it really happened.
“It was my worst nightmare come true.”
She added that her mother had never returned home after the attack, instead going to live in a nursing home.
Naomi Perry, prosecuting, said Smith was a prolific offender who targeted the elderly woman’s house on December 1 last year. She said he climbed through a window and asked the woman if she wanted to have sex.
Miss Perry told Judge Patrick Eccles that when his victim told him she did not, Smith said: “Well, I’m going to force you.”
The barrister said he then carried out a sexual assault which resulted in him being charged with rape, before stealing jewellery and a mobile phone.
Miss Perry said his victim had pressed an alarm she wore round her neck, causing her daughter to arrive and see Smith before he left.
Using this description, as well as DNA and fingerprint evidence, the police managed to arrest him the following day, she added.
Tony McGeorge, defending, said Smith had taken a mixture of heroin, crack cocaine and alcohol and did not remember much of the crime.
He said: “He is pretty horrified at the description of what occurred, and for which he was responsible, and he very much regrets the way he behaved.”
Smith, who is from Milton Keynes and has 30 previous offences on his record, including three domestic burglaries, received a 15-year extended sentence with an 11-year custodial term.
He will spend at least two-thirds of the custodial term in prison before being released on licence, and has also got to pay a £120 victims’ surcharge.
After the sentencing, Inspector John Linsdell said: “Smith committed an unimaginable crime in which an elderly victim was attacked in her own home.
“His actions have had an appalling effect on the victim and her family.
“Despite this, they have shown enormous composure, strength and dignity throughout proceedings.
“The length of sentence is welcomed and reflects the appalling nature of the offences concerned.”
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