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Rapist preyed on elderly victims
Cuthbert Flavien
Flavien was found guilty of one rape and two attempted rapes
A rapist whose blood was matched to DNA from a previous crime, has been given three life terms for attacking two elderly women in their Essex homes.

Chef Cuthbert Flavien, 45, of Bow, east London, was found guilty of one rape, two attempted rapes, two sex assaults, one of actual bodily harm and burglary.

Judge Simon Wilkinson ordered that he should serve a minimum of nine years.

Outside Snaresbrook Crown Court one senior police officer said he wanted to see Flavien die in prison.

I don't feel this man should walk the streets again
Det Insp Neil Thompson

The court heard the chef, did his best to cover his tracks, shaving his head and always wearing gloves.

The court heard his first victim, aged 76, was punched, sexually molested and subjected to an attempted rape before Flavien stole her jewellery in May 2004.

In the second attack six months later he raped his 74-year-old victim, again stole jewellery as well as bank cards which he later used.

'Horrific' offences

Blood left on a window sill he had clambered through when breaking in provided a DNA match dating back four years to a sex attack in which Flavien had been a suspect.

Flavien, who has a previous conviction for attempted rape in 1989, is thought by police to have been responsible for other sex attacks.

Outside court, case officer Det Insp Neil Thompson said: "I don't feel this man should walk the streets again. I believe life should be life. In fact, I would like him to die in prison.

"These were horrific offences on two very vulnerable old ladies who have been really brave to attend court and give evidence.

"If anyone feels he may be responsible for an attack on them, then they should contact us without delay," he added.


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