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Man jailed over 1995 sex attack

Vincent Dally
Vincent Dally finally admitted the attack three weeks ago

A man has been jailed for 21 months for attempting to rape a woman in Bristol nearly 14 years ago.

Vincent Dally, of Bowring Close, Hartcliffe, Bristol, was arrested in January following a cold case review.

He attacked his victim when he was just 15 years old in November 1995, as the 39-year-old was walking home from a night out with a friend in Withywood.

Dally must serve at least half of his 21-month sentence, and will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Sentencing Dally, Judge David Ticehurst said: "While you may have turned your life around, while you may have tried to put some distance between the person you were at 15 and are now at 29, this lady has lived with the effects of that act clearly on a daily basis."

This result sends a stern warning to those who think they may have escaped punishment
Det Ch Insp Mike Carter

Speaking after the hearing, the victim said in a statement: "Since the police have been in touch and told me that they were re-investigating the case, I have had some pretty bad times that I have had to work through.

"Now that my attacker has been convicted, I hope I will feel safe and will begin to start afresh and get on with my life.

"I really hope that I will be able to do that, I've got to try."

Dally, who has since married and has two children, remained undetected for nearly 14 years.

But Avon and Somerset Police used the latest scientific developments to identify him using a DNA sample taken at the time of the offence.

The forklift truck driver - told that the DNA profile matched his with a probability of one in a billion - pleaded guilty to attempted rape three weeks ago.

Det Ch Insp Mike Carter, of Avon and Somerset Police, who led the investigation, said: "This result sends a stern warning to those who think they may have escaped punishment."



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