12 years for rapist who forced his way into pensioner's home

12 years for rapist who forced his way into pensioner's home

A rapist who barged his way into a pensioner's home and attacked her has been jailed for 12 years.

The woman, in her 70s, was preparing breakfast in her kitchen on May 11 when Jason Batchelor tapped on a window at the back of her house.

She indicated for him to leave her garden, which he did, but he then knocked on the front door.

The woman opened her door slightly to ask him what he wanted, and he placed his foot in the doorway and forced his way in.

Batchelor then punched the woman, bruising her face, before raping her and leaving the property taking her cash.

The woman alerted emergency services and was admitted to hospital.

Unemployed Batchelor, of Maldon Road, Wallington, south-west London, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty to rape, attempted rape, sexual assault, actual bodily harm and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

He was given a custodial sentence of 12 years, with an extended licence period of eight years, the Metropolitan Police said.

Batchelor was arrested after the woman gave a good description of the tattoos on his neck and chest.

As a result of detailed forensic examinations, DNA evidence was obtained and found to match him.

When he was arrested at his home on May 14, Batchelor said: "I'm sorry, I never done anything like this before, I swear to God I've messed up, I'm sorry."

Detective Inspector Keith Ward said: "This was a horrific ordeal for this elderly lady and her courage and bravery throughout this investigation has been humbling.

"Batchelor is a dangerous offender who committed offences against the woman in her own home, a place where she has every right to feel safe and secure."

He added: "Thankfully offences of this nature are very rare and I hope that the swift identification, arrest and charge of Batchelor will give other victims of sexual offences the confidence to come forward in the belief that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity by specially trained detectives, who are committed to supporting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice."

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