A man has been jailed for eight years for raping a woman in Fulham nearly two decades ago.
Andrew Boys, 52 (07.12.64) of Reading Road, Sutton, was convicted after a cold case review, for attacking the woman in his car in Fulham in February 1998.
The court heard how Boys had been driving in central London when the victim - who was aged 26 at the time of the offence - got into his car, believing it to be a mini-cab. As the car neared her home in southwest London, Boys drove to a remote spot in Bagley’s Lane.
Fearing for her safety, the woman tried to get out of the car but Boys had locked all the doors. Boys forced the woman into the back of the car before raping her. During the attack, the woman attempted to flee the car by forcing the door, but Boys threatened to ‘dump her in the river’ if she did.
After the attack, Boys drove the victim home where she contacted police.
An initial investigation failed to identify a suspect, but the breakthrough came years later when Boys was finally arrested for an unrelated matter.
In 2015, a DNA review of forensic evidence gathered at the time of the attack gave a positive match to Boys.
He was arrested at his address in Sutton on 3 December 2015 and charged with rape and false imprisonment.
On Thursday, 7 September, following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, Boys was found guilty of rape - the charge of false imprisonment was ordered to lie on file.
He was sentenced the same day to eight years’ imprisonment.
Detective Sergeant Gemma Robb, of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, who led the most recent investigation, said: "The fact that this attack happened nearly 20 years ago acted as no barrier to us in our pursuit of Boys. I hope this sentencing encourages victims that no matter how much time has past, we will continue to pursue those responsible.
“I trust that Boys’ conviction can help the woman he attacked to move on from her horrific ordeal. Anyone who has been the victim of such an attack should contact police and report the crime, you will be believed and you will be supported."