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  • 18 December 2013, 12:15

Mobile App Tracks Down Woman's Sex Attacker

A man who broke into a woman's home and robbed and sexually assaulted her has been traced by an app on a mobile phone he stole from her.

Homeless Raymond Yates, 31 was convicted following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court of robbery, sexual assault and trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Yates climbed through an open ground floor window of the victim's address in Forest Hill, south east London in the early hours of July 25, the court was told.

CCTV caught the shoeless Yates looking into the window moments before the incident and then wrapping a T-shirt around his face to hide his identity.

The victim, who was asleep in that room, woke to find to discover Yates who then assaulted her before threatening to kill her if she made a noise.

The attack lasted around a minute and Yates then fled through the window, with two stolen mobile phones.

He was later tracked via an app on one of the phones and arrested.

Detective Constable Corrado Di Mascio, who was in charge of the case, said: "This was a particularly harrowing attack on a lone woman whilst she slept in her bed at home.

"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.

"I would like to praise the victim who has been committed to seeing her attacker brought to justice."

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

He is to be sentenced at a later date.

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