DNA match sex attacker jailed for two years

Lawrence Button
Image caption Button was arrested when DNA taken for a separate arrest was matched to that found on the woman

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting a woman in the grounds of Essex University in Colchester.

Lawrence Button, of Littlebury Gardens, Colchester, was found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court of attacking the woman in December, 2009.

DNA from the scene was put in the national database but without a match.

Button taken six months later for an unrelated offence was then found to be a match and he was arrested.

The court heard earlier that the 22-year-old woman had been walking along a path in Wivenhoe on 17 December when she was grabbed from behind, pushed to the ground and had her mouth and eyes covered with her attacker's hands.

'Dangerous offender'

She was then sexually assaulted, before Button ran off.

On 16 May 2010, Button was arrested for a domestic-related common assault for which he received a caution.

As a result, his DNA was taken on placed on the database which then matched the sample from the attack six months earlier at the university.

Det Con Dave Glasgow said: "Lawrence Button is a dangerous offender who has brought long-term distress and anguish to his victim and her family.

"For the university and its students, he brought concern and fear.

"Lawrence Button has manipulated the judicial system for the past 18 months and has eventually been found guilty by a jury for a frightening and unprovoked attack on a lone female.

"I hope today brings some closure to the victim and her family and they are able to move on with their lives."

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