Update – 2016: Paul Bromwich is now 54. He is 6 foot tall, medium build with blue eyes and usually wears glasses. He has a scar on the left side of his face and tattoos on both arms.
DNA captures rapist years after crime
A man who raped a 15-year-old girl has been caught three years after the crime as a result of progress in DNA techniques.
Paul Bromwich, 38, attacked the girl as she walked on the Black Path in the Kings Norton area of Birmingham in February 1998.
He was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court.
A sample of his DNA was taken from substances left at the scene of the rape and was stored on the national police database.
Last November Bromwich was arrested in Weston-super-Mare for possession of cannabis.
A sample of his DNA was taken and run through the database.
It matched the sample taken at the time of the rape.
Detective Sergeant Silvanus Ward, who led the investigation, said: “This was a total stranger rape and was an horrific attack which left the girl in a bad way.
“If this man had been a serial rapist his DNA would have showed up on the database but he didn’t commit any other offences for nearly three years.”
“It was only when he was arrested for possession of cannabis that we managed to connect him to the rape.”
Detective Sergeant Ward added that he was pleased with the outcome of the case.
He said: “Obviously it was difficult for the victim after such a long time to relive the incident all over again.
“But thanks to DNA profiling, this man has been put away for performing a very nasty act on such a young person.
“We hope this case gives reassurance to the public how seriously we take such incidents and how DNA technology means offenders are being traced years after the offence.”
He added: “We have created a place in which they cannot hide.”