Award for policeman who helped catch dungeon sex attacker after 33 years
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 21 June 2017
A detective has been given an award for his work on a cold case which led to a man being jailed for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a ‘dungeon’ on Weston seafront, 33 years after he committed the crime.
Detective Constable Scott Westbrook-Smith was given a Crown Court Commendation at an awards ceremony on Monday for his work bringing David Green to justice.
On July 17, 1983, Green abducted his 15-year-old victim near the seafront and dragged her to a dark and dank storage room built into the rocks by Marine Lake, where he had been sleeping rough.
Green then tied her up, stripped her, threatened her and abused her in a room which prosecutors later likened to ‘a seafront dungeon’.
Despite police efforts at the time, the case remains unsolved for decades.
But in 2015 Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Major Crime Review reopened it, and began investigating.
DC Westbrook-Smith and his team were able to make use of advancements in forensics to examine fibre tapings taken from the victim’s clothing.
A DNA profile was found which matched an entry on the DNA database and led police to Green, who was living in Birmingham.
The victim had also described seeing a tattoo on her attacker’s arm which read ‘DAVE’ and crucially Green had this exact tattoo.
In August last year, a 60-year-old Green was sentenced to nine years in prison at Bristol Crown Court after admitting charges of kidnap, sexual assault and false imprisonment.
DC Westbrook-Smith has now been praised for his hard work and diligence while working on the case, which ultimately saw Green jailed.
DC Westbrook-Smith said: “This is an area of my work which I am really passionate about; bringing offenders to justice for crimes that victims probably believe have been long-forgotten by others, and the perpetrators feel they have got away with.
“The victim in this case said that following the sentence being passed, when she left court, it felt like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders which she didn’t even know she had been carrying since the attack.”
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