November 2016

Jail term for man convicted of 1983 kidnap and sexual assault of teenager


A 60-year-old man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Weston-super-Mare 33 years ago has been jailed following an investigation by the Major Crime Review Team (MCRT).

David John Green, from Moseley in Birmingham, was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court earlier today (4/8) after admitting charges of kidnap, sexual assault and false imprisonment.

He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for a minimum of 10 years.

Green abducted a girl near Marine Lake in Weston-super-Mare on 17 July 1983 and assaulted and threatened her within a storeroom.

Through forensic advancements and a re-investigation of the case, officers with the MCRT were able to obtain a DNA profile from fibre tapings taken from the victim’s clothing at the time, which matched an entry on the National DNA Database.

Green was arrested at his home on Friday 26 February this year and subsequently charged.

In court today, Judge Picton said Green’s offending was “the stuff of nightmares” and the passage of time had done nothing to diminish the impact of the crime on the victim, who would have to live with the “scars of your offending”.