Man found guilty of robbery and sexual assault

A man who robbed and sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman after breaking into her home has been found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court.

Raymond Yates, 31, of no fixed abode was convicted of robbery, sexual assault and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Raymond Yates robbed and sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman

He will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

The court heard how Yates climbed through an open ground floor window of the victim’s address in Hurstbourne Road, SE23 in the early hours of 25th July 2013.

CCTV from outside the address captured Yates casing the property in the moments prior to the incident. He can be seen looking in the window before wrapping a t-shirt around his face to conceal his identity. Yates also had no shoes on to lessen the chances of him being heard as he approached the window.

The victim, who was asleep in that room, awoke to find Yates straddling her, pinning her to her bed.

Yates then sexually assaulted the woman and threatened to kill her if she made a sound. He then fled through the same window having stolen two mobile phones. The attack lasted approximately one minute.

Officers subsequently traced Yates using an app on one of the stolen mobile phones. He was arrested, in possession of both phones, on board a bus in Brixton Hill approximately an hour after the incident.

DC Corrado Di Mascio of the Met’s Sapphire Unit, part of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, led the investigation.

“This was a particularly harrowing attack on a lone woman whilst she slept in her bed at home,” DC Di Mascio said. “The evidence shows that Yates was calculating in his attack, concealing his identity and taking off his shoes in an attempt to mask his approach.

DC Di Mascio praised the victim for her commitment to seeing her attacker brought to justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Thomas, also of Sapphire, added: “The level of planning and thought Yates demonstrated while carrying out this offence shows he is a committed offender. While we have no concrete evidence of other offences we cannot discount the possibility that Yates may have carried out other attacks.

“If you believe you have been the victim of this man, please contact police. Sapphire have specially trained officers who will support you and strive to obtain justice for you.”

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Raymond Yates is asked to contact the Sapphire Unit on 020 8721 4678.