A man who raped a stranger and committed burglary nearly 22 years ago has been jailed for 12 years.
Milton White, 46, of Ellison House, Albany Road SE5 attacked the 60-year-old victim in her own home, after breaking into the north London property in the early hours of 14th May 1990.
The victim woke up to discover White in her bedroom – she challenged him, but he placed his hand over her mouth and raped her.
Earlier that evening the victim had been to a casino in the Mayfair area and had won £1,500. Following the attack White rifled through her clothes, making off with £1,200.
After he left, the victim raised the alarm with neighbours and police were contacted.
Extensive enquiries at the time failed to identify the suspect, however following a review of the case by the Cold Case Sapphire Team, a DNA match to White was achieved.
Additionally, a fingerprint review established that a palm mark attributed to the defendant was also present.
On 15th November 2011 White was arrested at Southwark Police Station on suspicion of rape. He made no reply and was taken to Walworth Police Station where he was fingerprinted and his DNA was taken. In interview he was asked numerous questions in relation to the allegation but replied no comment on all occasions.
He was subsequently charged with rape and burglary of a dwelling and was remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 16th November.
White was sentenced at the Old Bailey to 12 years for the rape and four for the burglary – both to run concurrent.
The victim, who would have been 82 years, sadly died in 2006.
DC Andy Beete from the Cold Case Team praised the hard work of all those involved in bringing White to justice.
“It is deeply sad that the victim is no longer with us, but I hope her family are able to take some comfort in today’s result,” DC Beete said, urging anyone who believes they may have been White’s victim to contact the Cold Case Team on 020 7161 1034.