Rapist jailed for attacks in 1990s

John Leeming, convicted of rape and two counts of indecent assault 20 years ago.
John Leeming, convicted of rape and two counts of indecent assault 20 years ago.

A SEX attacker who punched a teenager in the face before assaulting her has finally been brought to justice after 20 years.

John Leeming was jailed for seven years after admitting the attack in Doncaster in 1992 after he was caught out by a DNA sample provided to police after being cautioned over a road rage incident in 2010.

Detectives from South Yorkshire Police’s cold case inquiry team Operation Minerva, matched the sample to the unsolved crime on their system. The 49-year-old attacked the then 18-year-old outside her home in Wheatley in the early hours of August 15, 1991, when he asked if he could use her phone as she got out of a taxi.

After hitting her when she tried to escape, he removed her top, forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

The previous year Leeming forced his way into a student’s home and raped her. During the horrific attack the fiend also threatened to kill his victim if she told anyone.

During the Bradford rape Leeming had told her he “felt guilty enough” when she begged and pleaded with him to stop.

When he had gone she flagged down a milk float to take her to the police station for help.

Leeming, of Leeds, pleaded guilty to rape and two counts of indecent assault.

He was jailed for seven years.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, sitting at Leeds Crown Court, rejected Leeming’s claims that a motorcycle crash in 1990 had left him a changed man and said it was more likely he acted under the influence of drink and cannabis.

In sentencing, he said: “She has had to live with this for over 20 years, knowing that the man who did it to her may well still be on the streets and no doubt wondering whether he was doing it to anybody else.”

Solicitor Derek Duffy, mitigating, argued a head injury his client suffered in the accident had contributed to his actions.