David Bryant (65) Jailed for 17 years for indecent assaults on 4 young girls

It was May 1995. The girl had been taken from the Blakelaw area of Newcastle and was found, wearing only a coat and shoes, by a taxi driver, after being driven for 50 miles from her home. She told the taxi driver she had been helping a man look for his dog but, when interviewed by detectives, the full story came out. Four months later, the attacker struck again. This time the victim was four years old. But again, she had been taken from Newcastle and was found in arlington. But as in an increasing number of these cases, science was catching up with the criminal. he police in Northumbria had found DNA evidence and this had been placed with the National DNA Database. And then in 2010 Hampshire detectives, on a cold case inquiry involving the abduction of a three-year-old girl who had been playing in her garden in Southampton, found DNA evidence from that crime which matched that obtained from the two Newcastle abductions. A fourth case, involving a sexual assault on a five-year-old girl in Gosport, Hampshire, could also be matched. Mr Binks said: "What that meant was the same man had carried out all four assaults" And thanks to the Forensic Science Service, we would find out who that man was." The DNA retained from the crimes was fed into a computer to try to find potential relatives of the attacker whose DNA profiles were on the National Database. It would lead the police to the door of David Bryant at his home in Ulverston in Cumbria. Bryant, who is 65 and a grandfather, initially denied the charges - four counts of kidnap and four of indecent assault. But, faced with the DNA evidence, he changed his plea to guilty. Mr Binks said: "He is every parent's worst nightmare. "We should also commend the way his victims have conducted themselves throughout this inquiry. "It hasn't been easy for them and they deserve great credit."


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