June 2018

Sexual sadist targeted mum and her daughter hours after being granted unsupervised day release

A sexual sadist with a history of raping women and their kids struck again after secretly being granted day release.

Doctors allowed Andy Johnson, 46, unsupervised leave from a psychiatric unit with approval from the Ministry of Justice.

But he broke his curfew and got drunk and high, before following a mum and her daughter.

He forced his way into their home, but fled when the woman’s partner heard her screams.

The scandal can be revealed after Johnson pleaded guilty to trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Croydon crown court, South London, heard he got three life sentences in 1999 for the rape of a woman and her ten-year-old girl the year before.

He was sent to Broadmoor hospital with an order to serve his sentence in jail if ever cured of his personality disorder.

In January 2016 Johnson, by then at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, got a further 6½-year term for an attempted rape in Jersey in 1995.

The court heard he had 52 previous convictions including a serious indecent assault on a girl of six in 1996.

But less than a year later a psychiatrist ruled Johnson was well enough to be freed on to the streets.

And by this January he was allowed out three days a week for five hours to prepare him for full release — until his arrest in February.

The MoJ said the decision came “only after extremely tough risk assessment”. The hospital trust involved is reviewing the case.

Johnson will be sentenced next month pending reports.

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