Paedophile who abducted girls 30 years ago caught by DNA

A paedophile who abducted four young girls from the street in the 1980s and 1990s and sexually abused them has appeared in court after cold-case detectives linked his DNA to the crimes.

David Bryant, a 65-year-old grandfather from Ulverston, Cumbria, was due to be sentenced at Newcastle crown court on Friday but the case was adjourned until next week.

The court heard that Bryant carried out separate attacks on young girls in Hampshire and Tyneside. He has admitted four counts of kidnap and four of sexual assault.

Mark Giuliani, for the prosecution, told the court: “A familiar feature of this offending is how the defendant targeted young girls out playing near their homes…

The prosecution told the court that Bryant was convicted of three sex offences against women between 1975 and 1984.

How many more cases could be solved if politicians felt like spending the money on computational analysis to link evidence already on file — instead of the crap that governments assign higher priority. Like wars, standing armies sufficient to “show the flag”, the war on drugs, subsidies to keep the prices of commodities higher than need be.

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