‘Dangerous’ rapist jailed for life over attack in broad daylight
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A ‘dangerous’ rapist who followed his victim on his bike before attacking her has been jailed for life.
Daniel Williams, 36, was found guilty of rape in connection to the attack in Bedford in January 2022.
At around 7.15am, Williams was in the Biddenham Road area on his bike when he followed the victim before grabbing her from behind, dragging her to the floor and carrying out the serious sexual assault.
After the attack, the victim flagged down a member of the public for help, who helped her contact Bedfordshire Police for support.
Following an investigation, Williams was forensically linked to the attack and arrested shortly after.
In a statement provided by the victim, she spoke about the impact the rape has had on her life.
She said: “When I started going out, I felt insecure. When I was walking, I felt like someone was following me or would attack me unexpectedly.
“I felt lonely. I did not want to worry my family.
“Before that incident, I did housework, visited friends, went to work, and was always cheerful. Now I am depressed and sometimes I do not want to talk to anyone, I am withdrawn, and sometimes I want to talk to someone, but I have no-one to talk to.
“Even though I try to forget about it, sometimes it comes back to me, because it would stay in every woman's head and heart.”
Williams, of Clarks Row, Oxford, was found guilty of one count of rape. Today (Friday) he was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum term of six years.
Detective Constable Peta Simpson from Bedfordshire Police’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) team, who led the investigation, said: “Williams is a threat to women, a sexual predator and has continued to demonstrate that he is a dangerous man.
“He was an opportunist offender who preyed on a lone woman in daylight before carrying out this appalling sexual assault, and has continued to show no remorse for his actions.
“I would like to commend the victim in this case for her true courage to reach out for support from a member of the public and speak to officers, which helped ensure Williams is facing a significant period behind bars.
“Attacks like these are extremely rare, however women deserve to and should feel safe in public spaces. They should not have to look over their shoulders, or worry about who is approaching them, and we will always relentlessly pursue the vile perpetrators of such abhorrent behaviour.”
For more information about how Bedfordshire Police is tackling male violence against women and girls or to report incidents please visit MVAWG page.