Leeds cold case rapist jailed

John Leeming.
John Leeming.
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A Leeds sex attacker who avoided justice for two decades was today finally behind bars.

John Leeming, 49, from Whitkirk, raped one woman and indecently assaulted another in the early 1990s.

Police inquiries at the time led nowhere and Leeming went on to live the life of ‘Mr Average’, with a wife, child, a smart home and his own business.

Unbeknown to him though, cold case detectives had begun reinvestigating. Using forensic techniques not available in the 1990s, they ordered fresh tests on DNA samples taken from the victims.

In a twist of fate, though, it was only after he was cautioned for a minor road rage incident that Leeming was snared. He gave a DNA sample – and the national database flagged him as an instant match for the two attacks.

A judge at Leeds Crown Court jailed him for seven years.


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