Rapist Harry Davey escaped justice for 20 years but DNA technology finally vindicated the rape victim. The 65-year-old Bradford resident was accused of raping the then 13-year-old girl at his farmhouse in the year 1992 but lacking evidence; he was set free, without any charge(s).
The West Yorkshire Police finally brought Davey to justice by conducting the ‘cold case’ review and Davey, who always denied the allegations; ended up sentenced to six years - eight months in prison. However, during the Monday hearing, now 65, Davey admitted his crime that he had sexual contact with the girl, for the first time.
The case was re-opened by the police last year and with help of latest advances in forensics, Davey was re-arrested. According to the details, the Leeds Crown Court was told the girl (whose identity is withled for legal reasons), visited Davey's land on the day of attack. At his Bradford, West Yorkshire property, Davey allegedly sexually assaulted the girl who was there to help a family friend.
She and her friend planned feeding pigs together following which they would enjoy riding Davey’s horses, as all other girls used to do each day. Prosecuting Officer Miss Sophie Drake said the Davey took the victim inside the house; she never knew her attacker’s wife was not at home. Then, in the living room, Davey allegedly grabbed the poor girl and committed the crime.
The victim preferred telling the horrifying experience to a friend instead of informing her mother but that didn’t work for her. The poor victim was thus subjected to endless humiliation, mental and physical torture and bullying; everyone believed the allegations against Davey, were untrue and false. Even her mother, who came to know about the incident through victim’s friend, never believed her daughter’s claims.
The hate campaign continued to traumatize the victim even more while due to lack of sufficient proof; vile Harry Davey continued enjoying his freedom. Although he was arrested later, the clever man repeatedly denied raping the girl. In April last year, he was re-arrested but he refuted the inconclusive findings of tests that could identify him as the perpetrator. Released without charge at that time, Davey had to plead guilty thanks to latest DNA technologies
The detectives worked hard along with the Forensic Science Service officials and finally the criminal was brought to justice. Also, Davey had to sign the ‘sex offenders register’ on Monday, for life.