Beast who raped nurse in park in 2004 jailed after police match DNA

Sex beast who raped nurse in park 19 years ago is jailed after detectives matched his DNA 13 years later

  • Adrian Satchwell assaulted her holding a ‘cold, shiny and silver’ thing to her neck
  • 61-year-old was linked to the attack from DNA found on the woman’s underwear
  • The sex beast was caught 13 years later when brought in for unrelated matter

A sex beast who raped a nurse nearly 19 years ago and left her fearing she would be killed has been jailed for 10 and a half years.

Adrian Satchwell, 61, brutally assaulted the woman after holding something ‘cold, shiny and silver’ to her neck.

The woman had been out celebrating a friend’s new job at a local pub before she was targeted by Satchwell in Acton Park, west London, late on July 4 2004, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

Her underwear was recovered from her flat and police were able to link Satchwell, of Shepherd’s Bush to the attack 13 years later when he was brought in for an allegation of a separate sex attack.

The victim was left having panic attacks and could no longer work in the intensive care unit following his attack.

Adrian Satchwell, 61, brutally assaulted the woman after holding something ‘cold, shiny and silver’ to her neck

Detectives had retained contact with the survivor ever since the horrific attack in 2004 and remained devoted to the investigation. 

He denied but was convicted of rape by a jury.

Judge Sarah Paneth told Satchwell: ‘The victim was alone when she saw two men coming towards her.

‘You asked her ‘What are you doing in the park at this time of night.’

‘She said she had frozen and said:’ I don’t know’ and she went to walk past you and fell onto the grass.

‘She wasn’t able to say whether she had fallen or been pushed over but she recalled after that she was crawling on all fours just wanting to get away.

‘The next thing she remembers was being raped by you.

‘She said she just went numb, she went somewhere else she couldn’t move. 

The victim was left having panic attacks and could no longer work in the intensive care unit following his attack.  Pictured: Acton Park, West London, where the attack took place

‘At one point you pushed her down to the ground and you had both her arms pulled behind her back so she couldn’t move.

‘She felt something cold on her neck and saw it was shiny and silver, she was unable to say whether it was a knife, but she thought she was going to die, and then everything went black.’

The victim had planned to travel to Spain the next day and did not want the attack to stop her travelling so she confided in a friend who reported the rape to police on her behalf.

Satchwell, of Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush, denied but was convicted of rape.

He was sentenced to ten and a half years jail and must serve at least two thirds of his sentence before his is eligible for parole.

Judge Paneth continued: ‘Her underwear was recovered from the flat and that’s how you were identified as her rapist 13 years later during an investigation of another offence, where you were subsequently acquitted.

‘You say in your pre-sentence interview your weakness is women. Your behaviour that night, certainly in my judgment, is accurately described as predatory.

‘I found the complainant’s evidence very compelling and accurate despite her not remembering some of the night.

‘What happened that night affected her very deeply. She suffered from brain fog and concentration problems.

‘She could no longer work in the intensive care unit. It is nearly 20 years since you committed this offence, and she is still deeply affected. When she stood in the witness box, she still showed.’

Satchwell was described as having an ‘obsession with sex’ by Judge Paneth, who said infidelity, casual sex and paid sex were ‘a normal part’ of his behaviour. 

Charlotte O’Connor, defending, told the court Satchwell was left ‘a single father to a 14-year-old boy’ after his partner died in 2015.

She said it wasn’t as though he was lying in wait for anyone in the park.

O’Connor said: ‘He said he would always go to the park after work to chill out… often meeting his lady friend there.’

Detective Sergeant Susan Phillips led the investigation. She said: ‘Despite there being a 19 year gap between the rape and today’s outcome, the Met has not given up and remained dedicated to putting the man responsible for this horrifying attack behind bars.

‘Satchwell is a violent, predatory rapist and it is a relief to know he will spend many years in prison. What he did to the victim had a profound and lasting impact on her life. He has shown no remorse.

‘I was determined to get justice for the victim who has remained stoic over the past 19 years. Her dedication and commitment to the investigation and throughout the trial has led to today’s outcome. She is an incredibly brave woman.’

During an impact statement read out in court, the victim said: ‘Before this happened to me I had a lot of self-confidence. I would go out with friends but since this has happened I have found that I am a lot more restrictive with what I do. 

‘At the time I became a lot more withdrawn, not talking to anyone and devoid of emotion.

‘To this day, I find that I am still anxious, I suffer from panic attacks, chest pains and shaking. I walk around in a constant state of hypervigilance.

‘I am so grateful for the tenacity of DS Susan Phillips, to purse and delve in to this case and to not let it go. The other police officers and barrister at court made me feel so comfortable and I am so grateful. 

‘There have been so many difficult stages along the way, but they have just made it so much more comfortable.

‘I am relieved to have had what happened to me validated by the jury. 

‘That man is disgusting, he disgusts me that he lied and made up different stories along the way to try and avoid what he did to me.’

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