‘Harmful’ intercourse attacker ‘pounced on walker in her 60s’ with a knife



n tried rapist jumped out of the bushes with a knife to sexually assault a walker in her late 60s.

James Nicolaou, 29, has been jailed for 15 years for attacking the girl taking her summer season stroll in Neasden Recreation Floor.

The sufferer, who was knocked unconscious within the “horrible” tried rape, advised hospital employees that she had observed a person hiding within the bushes about 5pm on July 31 final yr.

She mentioned he jumped out and grabbed her backside. Threatening her with a knife he uncovered himself earlier than trying to rape her.

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Throughout the assault she fell and misplaced consciousness. When she awoke the attacker was gone.

She took herself to a north London hospital with head accidents and bruising and advised employees of the assault on August 2.

Forensic enquiries had been carried out and detectives had been capable of establish Nicolaou.

He was arrested on August 7 and charged the next day.

DC Mary Fenton, North West Command Unit, mentioned: “The Decide, HHJ Bourne QC, remarked that Nicolaou is taken into account a harmful particular person, therefore the sentence that now we have seen handed right here. I consider London will probably be a safer place now he’s behind bars.

“The sufferer was out for a stroll on a summer season’s night as regular when she was topic to a horrible assault. She has proven appreciable braveness all through the course of our investigation.

“Victims of sexual offences ought to take coronary heart from this conviction and report it to police. We’ll hearken to you, we are going to examine and do the whole lot in our energy to carry offenders to justice.”

Nicolaou, of North Round Street NW2, was discovered responsible of two counts of tried rape, sexual assault and possession of a knife.

He was jailed for 15 years at Harrow Crown Courtroom. He’ll serve an extra 4 years on licence upon his launch.

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