Coventry & Warwickshire

Canley sex attacker jailed using DNA from blood drop

Rapid submission of forensic evidence helped in the conviction of a man who sexually assaulted a student, according to the police.

Tony Lloyd Jones, 43, was jailed for 30 months by Coventry Crown Court.

His victim bit his finger during the attack and Jones's DNA was found in a tiny drop of blood on her jacket, West Midlands Police said.

Jones, from Pomerow Close in Canley, Coventry, was placed on the sex offender's register for 10 years.

Det Sgt Jim Edmonds said: "In this case the rapid submission of forensic evidence, plus securing CCTV and witness evidence, led to an early arrest."

The woman was walking in De Montfort Way at about 22:30 BST on Saturday 4 August when a man approached her from behind and placed his hand over her mouth.

She was pinned to the floor but fended the man off and bit down on his finger which was fractured, police said.

A spokesman said Jones initially claimed he had trapped his finger when shutting a car door.

When he was shown the DNA evidence he admitted sexual assault and later pleaded guilty in court, police said.

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