A man held a knife as he raped a 15-year-old girl after dragging her into a school playing field in Dorchester.
Adrian Cordery, 33, of Dorchester, was convicted of the “truly shocking sexual attack” today (Friday, September 11) following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.
The court heart, the victim was walking along Barnes Way by St Osmund’s School at around 9.20pm on December 5, 2019, when she was approached by Cordery, who dragged her into a school playing field.
He then pulled out a knife and threatened the girl, saying ‘do as you’re told and you won’t get hurt’
Detectives at Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) launched a huge manhunt following the rape.
Officers from a National Crime Agency were brought in to develop a profile of the offender.
Hours of CCTV videos were scoured, which led to the discovery of a man who appeared to be following the victim on the night of the attack.
Local officers identified the man as Cordery.
And a DNA sample from Cordery then matched one obtained from the scene.
Cordery fled from officers when they attempted to stop his vehicle on the A35 Dorchester bypass in February. He was located the next day following a huge search mission.
Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of MCIT, said: “This was a truly shocking sexual attack on a teenage girl that has understandably had a devastating impact on her and her family.
“While our thoughts remain first and foremost with them, we must also recognise the concern this attack caused for the wider Dorchester community.
“Incidents such as this are, thankfully, extremely rare for this area and I would like to pay tribute to local officers for all the work they have done to engage with many of those effected by this crime in the town.
“I would also like to thank all those who have supported the investigation and members of the public who have provided information. Particularly, I would like to thank the young victim for the courage she has shown throughout in the face of such a horrific ordeal.
“I can only hope that her bravery will encourage anyone else unfortunate enough to be subjected to a sexual attack of this nature to have the confidence to come forward in the knowledge that they will be supported and that we will do everything we can to identity those responsible.”
Cordery will be sentenced on Tuesday, November 3.