Wales

Andrew Rimmer case: Police welcome sentence for 1994 attempted rape

Andrew Rimmer
Image caption Andrew Rimmer admitted attempting to rape the 69-year-old woman

Dyfed-Powys Police have welcomed the seven-year jail sentence given to a man who tried to rape a woman in sheltered housing 18 years ago.

Andrew Rimmer, 50, of St Ishmaels, Pembrokeshire, broke into the woman's flat in February 1994 and admitted attempting to rape her.

He was arrested last November following a cold case review.

Police said it was an excellent result and proved serious unsolved cases were never closed.

"It was obviously a horrific experience for the victim, but has also had an impact on other family members," said Det Ch Insp Andy Williams, from the major crime support team.

"I hope now that they are able to take some comfort from the fact this man has now been brought to justice."

He said the force continued to investigate and review serious unsolved cases "in a bid to get justice for the victims and their families".

Police said the woman, who was 69 and living in Milford Haven, had since died.

Fingerprint technology

The arrest and subsequent charge of Rimmer took place after a review of the original inquiry and forensic evidence.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court this week.

The court had heard that Rimmer was interviewed by police shortly after the attack during house-to-house inquiries.

But he was said to have been confident and convincing, and denied any knowledge of the crime.

During a review last year, advances in fingerprint technology led officers to Rimmer.

He again denied being responsible but scientists were able to match his DNA to the crime scene.