Queensferry sex attacker jailed for life after 'campaign of terror'

Published date: 09 January 2014 |
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A PREDATORY sex attacker described as any woman’s “worst nightmare” spent hours stalking females looking for victims to rape and possibly murder.

Armed with a knife, a torn T-shirt to stuff into his victim’s mouths and shoelaces with which to tie them up, Barry Rosedale attacked three different women over a three-month period, but he followed many more.

Miraculously each one – including a pregnant woman – got away either by struggling with him and fighting him off or by talking to him and calming him down.

One was later able to identify him from the social networking  website Facebook.

Rosedale, 43, – who had done the same thing before – was jailed for life after he admitted a series of offences against women, including attempted rape, sexual assault, robbery, possessing a knife and attempting to carry away a victim with the intention of sexually assaulting her.

Judge Niclas Parry described it as a chilling and terrifying case – the worst nightmare of any lady walking alone at night.

Over a three month period he had conducted “a campaign of terror” against women walking at night in the Queensferry area of Deeside, the judge said.

“Your intention was to abduct them in order to rape them or commit serious sexual offences against them,” he told him.

Rosedale, of Chester Road West, Queensferry, also had in mind to silence them so they would not go to the police.

It emerged during yesterday’s hearing at Mold Crown Court Rosedale fantasised about raping women while they struggled and he had previously tried to abduct a young woman at a bus stop.

“You are a highly dangerous man who intended to commit far worse offences than were committed,” Mr Parry said.

He said Rosedale’s thoughts were becoming increasingly worse, he did not know what he was capable of and he continued to fantasise about committing serious sexual offences.

He could not control his impulses.

“Your behaviour is predatory and premeditated,” Judge Parry told him.

The first victim was a girl aged 16 who was walking home alone at night in January of last year when Rosedale followed her and grabbed her from behind.

He tried to drag her away as she screamed and shouted for help and begged him to let her go.

Fortunately she saw a man she knew, shouted for help, and her attacker fled, prosecutor Simon Mills said. She was later able to identify him from Facebook.

The second victim was a pregnant woman who walked over Queensferry flyover in April.

She realised she was being followed, tried to dial 999 but he grabbed her and her phone.

There was a struggle, she realised he had a knife, and he said he was homeless, had nothing and wanted her bag.

He said he was going to take her with him but she said that she was pregnant and he then said he would take her sister. But he left after taking her purse.

A few days later another woman was walking alone over the flyover bridge when she was grabbed from behind, held her in a headlock and sexually touched her.

She bravely fought back and the knife dropped to the ground, both went for it but she was able to throw it over the side of the bridge, before kicking him.

While on the floor he tried to force her legs apart, he grabbed her around the neck, and he told her he was going to rape her.

But she did her best to calm him down while continuing to struggle, until he appeared exhausted and gave up. He left after trying to hug her.

Rosedale was arrested later that night and on him he had lady’s tights, underwear and a garter, a nightie, and black shoe laces.

Interviewed, he admitted what he had done after taking drugs and alcohol.

Rosedale told how he intended to rob, rape or kill the first girl. He was going to try and get the others back to his home where he would rape or murder them, referring to “silencing them”.

He spoke of being on a power trip and of following a number of other women at about the same time.

Mr Mills said he was clearly a danger to women and young girls going about their normal business.

In 2000 he was put on probation for attempting to kidnap a girl of 14 and in 2002 was jailed for five years for attempting to kidnap a young woman at a bus stop.

He had rope, underwear and a gas mask which he had intended his victim to wear while he raped her.

John Philpotts, defending, suggested an extended sentence rather than a life sentence.

“He has an insight into the danger he poses to females,” said Mr Philpotts, and would co-operate with programmes while in custody.

The judge said that but for the life sentence, Rosedale would have received 14 years which meant, with the time served on custody, he would be eligible to be considered for release by the parole board in six years and two months.

But Judge Parry said that he would not make any other protective orders because “should you ever be released” he would be subjected to close monitoring and supervision.

After the hearing, Det Constable Shaun Parry, investigating officer with North Wales Police, said; “It is important to reassure all sections of the community that North Wales Police will provide the appropriate support to assist victims through every stage of the process. North Wales Police takes matters of this nature very seriously and so it is reassuring to see this reflected in the sentence.”

Det Insp Tim Evans commended the work of the investigation team in bringing Rosedale to justice, adding he was a highly dangerous individual posing a substantial threat to women.

He said the public of North Wales and Cheshire areas could now feel much safer as a result of this conviction.

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