Frail pensioner, 78, raped by 21-year-old who then forced her to shower off his DNA



A 21-year-old man barged his way into the home of a frail, elderly woman and raped her before forcing her to take a shower to “wash off the DNA”.

Shyhiem Frances-Myers was today jailed for 13 years and six months for the terrifying attack on January 13.

The 21-year-old committed his appalling crime after twice ringing on the doorbell of his 78-year-old victim’s Leicestershire home sometime after 6am on a Saturday.

Thinking it was a delivery, the woman opened the door. Frances-Myers pushed his way inside, and began the assault straight away.

The woman pretended her husband was in the house, but Frances-Myers looked in the bedroom and saw she was alone.

She then tried to get to her bathroom to lock herself inside, but the 21-year-old pushed his way in.

After raping the woman, he forced her to shower to wash off his bodily fluids.

He left with her nightie, as well as her credit cards.

Because of his previous convictions, which include assault, Frances-Myers was traced through his DNA and arrested two days later at his home in Victoria Street, Wigston.

During the arrest he spat at a police officer before saying: “I hope I’ve got Aids.”

At a sentencing hearing at Leicester Crown Court today, prosecutor Philip Gibbs said of the victim: “She is an obviously and demonstrably vulnerable 78-year-old lady who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and can only walk with a walking frame.

“She was practically housebound.

“She was very scared. She thought he was going to kill her. She begged him to go. He said, ‘Shut up or I’ll hurt you’.

“He raped her in her own home before fleeing with items of her clothing and bedclothes he suspected would provide evidence.”

Frances-Myers pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of theft,

Judge Martin Hurst jailed Frances-Myers for 13 years and six months, but made a finding that the defendant was a dangerous offender.

He will remain in prison for at least nine years before he is considered for parole, with a further six years on licence when he is released.

The court was told he warned the victim not to call the police before leaving and making attempts to steal money from her account, but she had given him the wrong pin deliberately.

His police interviews had to be stopped because he was throwing items and had to be restrained.

Matthew Hardyman, representing Frances-Myers, told the court: “He’s at a loss to understand why he committed this offence.

“Mr Frances-Myers is totally appalled by his actions. He told me, ‘I have a nan of about that age and if anything like that happened to her I would kill that person’.

“He also said, ‘I deserve whatever I get. It’s not enough’.”

Sentencing Frances-Myers, Judge Hurst told the defendant: “This is an appalling case. She was a very obviously vulnerable victim. She’s severely disabled.

“You forced her to shower to wash off your DNA.

“Whereas previously she was a forgiving and loving person, she has lost her faith in humanity.

“You have no empathy for your victims. You feel yourself to be impotent and so you decided to take it out on someone who is totally impotent before you.”



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