August 2018

Damning evidence in walls helped convict rapist 

A man has been sentenced to 28 years for raping two children following the discovery of evidence which had been hidden in a wall for over a decade.

Anthony Wood, 30, formerly of Camelot Avenue, Nottingham, was jailed after being found guilty of 18 child sexual offences, including raping two children.

Detectives searched a house in November 2017 and recovered dozens of latex gloves from inside a wall.

Wood had used the gloves as a form of contraception over years of abuse and hidden them there.

Further searches found more gloves in the cellar, along with underwear hidden in the ceiling.

He threatened to kill the children if they ever told anyone.

DNA from the gloves came back as a positive match to Wood.

The forensic evidence helped to form the case against him and he was charged with the following 18 offences:

• Eight counts of raping a boy under the age of 15

• Seven counts of raping a girl under the age of 15

• Three counts of assault by touching of a girl under the age of 13

Wood was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Friday 17 August) after being found guilty on Tuesday 14 August following a seven-day trial.

He was given a 24 year custodial sentence to serve a further four years on licence.

He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.