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Portsmouth UK cops catch a sexual predator after 30 years

Below is an article that appeared on an internet UK news site “The News”. Portsmouth UK cops were able to match DNA evidence found on a rape victim that occurred 30 years ago to a suspect. When they arrested the predator he admitted to additional crimes. This arrest and the perpetrator is worth noting because the suspect is not only a pedophile but has assaulted adults too. Very unusual.

By Gareth Bethell
Court reporter “The News”

Philip Andrew thought he had got away with the assault on a 19-year-old in an alleyway near Clarence Road in Southsea.

Philip Andrew
“The News Picture”

The sexual predator went on to attack another woman in her home, threatening her with a knife and smothering her face with a pillow.

But now, thanks to advances in forensics, Andrew has been told he could face a life sentence in prison.

The 54-year-old was the first person to be arrested as part of a major operation by Hampshire police looking into cold cases.

Andrew had been due to go on trial for the rape but he changed his plea to guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Wearing grey trousers and a red and white T-shirt, he showed no emotion during the hearing and spoke only to enter his plea. Recorder Christopher Parker QC warned him he may face a life sentence because of his long history of offending.

Police initially launched an investigation after the attack took place about 3.25am on July 2, 1982.

But the culprit was never found.

Andrew, of Whitcombe Gardens, Milton, Portsmouth, was arrested earlier this year as part of the review into cases dating back to 1980.

Prosecutor Iain Wicks said Andrew’s first offence was when he was just 14 years old.

On that occasion he sexually assaulted a four-year-old child at a bus stop.

Eight years later, in 1978, he raped and assaulted a woman at Butlins in Bognor Regis, where he was working at the time.

Andrew told his victim ‘You’ve made a big mistake tonight, if you make a sound I will kill you’ before subjecting her to an horrific attack.

He was jailed for the assault and on his release he carried out the rape that until now had gone unpunished.

In 1989 he stole a key to a woman’s home in the Portsmouth area.

He let himself into her house at 3am, took a knife from her kitchen and jumped on the woman in bed and threatened to rape her.

She managed to talk him out of the attack and Andrew was later jailed for five years for burglary with intent to rape.

Richard Button, defending, asked for Andrew’s sentencing to be adjourned so that a psychiatric report could be carried out.

He said: ‘He has a history of depression and mood swings.’

Recorder Parker told Andrew: ‘I’m adjourning sentence now so that a psychiatric report can be prepared on you to look into your background, to examine the circumstances of your offending and in particular to consider the size of the risk to the public that you represent at present.

‘The court is bound to have in mind the possibility of a sentence of life imprisonment for you because of your record.’

Andrew was remanded in custody to be sentenced in December.

Detectives are looking at a total of about 2,500 unsolved cases across the area under Operation Galaxy.

So far they have reviewed about 700 cases – the majority of which are serious sex assaults – which happened between 1980 and 1985.

Forty of those have been singled out for further investigation by the Forensic Science Service who are looking at evidence such as swabs taken from crime scenes, victims, or clothing.

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Voters Give Washington A One-Two Punch

Voters landed two punches square on the chin of the political fat cats in Washington.

It appears that the national voter sentiment about electing new candidates who lack experience and thus are not in the grasp of either the Democratic or Republican Party is alive  in California and South Carolina.

Last Tuesday voters in California passed Proposition 14.  Proposition 14 is to a politician what Arizona’s Immigration Proposition 1070 is to Illegal Immigrants.

Also on Tuesday voters in South Carolina followed up with an upper cut by electing a virtual unknown in the State primary to represent Democrats in the November Senatorial Election.

It appears that the voters in California don’t take kindly to the idea that money can buy anything, even a primary election. Tuesdays Republican primary election of Meg Whitman for governor  and Carley Fiorina for Senate seem to be evidence that if you have enough money you don’t really need good old-fashioned voter support or their donations.

Jae C. Hong Associated Press

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Whitman spent 71 million dollars of her own money to defeat long time politician Steve Poizner.

Carley Fiorina spent 5 million dollars of her own money to win her nomination for Senator. In addition Chris Kelley who was running for California Attorney general lost his bid but not before he spent 12 million dollars of his own money.

In response to this voters passed proposition 14.  Proposition 14 is the first step to take away the two-party system in California.  It takes effect in the primary elections in 2012. This law does away with the notion that only Democrats and Republicans can vote in the State’s Primary. It also does away with the notion that you must actually be a Democrat or Republican to be a candidate in the State’s Primary election.

“Specifically, Proposition 14 provides for a “voter-nominated primary election” for each state elective office and congressional office in California. Voters can vote in the primary election for any candidate for a congressional or state elective office without regard to the political party affiliations of either the candidate or the voter. Candidates can choose whether or not to have their political party affiliation displayed on the ballot. “ (Ballot Pedia)

In South Carolina voters elected a virtual unknown person as their democratic candidate for Senate Alvin Green and sent home long time Democratic politician Vic Rawl. To add insult to injury, Mr. Green did not have a campaign, did not have campaign money, and has a questionable personal history. Rawl just doesn’t believe he lost to Green and is reportedly challenging the outcome.

-LA Times Pic

No matter what happens in the November General Election, the election of Mr. Green is an acute message to Washington and a victory for Democracy.

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