Man who raped 88yr old OAP jailed for 24yrs
October 29, 2015, 6:32 pm
A man who repeatedly raped an 88-year-old woman after breaking into her home while she slept has today, Thursday, 29 October, been jailed for 24 years.
Michael Gold, 26 (10.11.88) of Reigate Road, Bromley had previously admitted three counts of rape at Croydon Crown Court.
Detective Sergeant Darren Nayler, from the Metâ€™s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: â€œThe actions of Gold that day are truly shocking. He brutally and repeatedly raped a vulnerable elderly lady who believed she was safe in the home where she had lived for more than 20 years.
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â€œAs a result of the horrific attack the victim has been unable to return home, suffers ongoing nightmares and requires constant care.â€
On Thursday, 18 June, the victim had gone to bed as normal in a downstairs room of her home in the Grove Park area.
She awoke to see Gold climbing in through her bedroom window in the early hours of the following morning.
Thinking he meant to rob her, she offered him her pension but he said he was there for â€œherâ€.
He then brutally raped her three times, leaving her in tremendous pain and collapsed on the floor.
She lay there for up to an hour before managing to dial 999 at around 04:45hrs.
Police and the London Ambulance Service attended and she was taken to Kings College Hospital in severe shock with heavy bruising across her body.
Officers found a pair of boxer shorts on the floor of the bedroom and house-to-house enquiries in the area quickly identified Gold as a potential suspect.
He was arrested at his home on the evening of Friday, 19 June, and his DNA was later found to match samples taken from the victim. A fingerprint left by the victimâ€™s bedroom window was also found to belong to Gold.
He was charged with three counts of rape and subsequently pleaded guilty at court.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Source: Metropolitan Police Service