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Sex attacker jailed for 150 years

A Briton has been jailed for 150 years in the United States for raping two women after creeping into their rooms.

Paul Capener, 42, was found guilty on 11 November of attacking the women within 22 minutes as they slept in their homes in Oregon.   It emerged he is also wanted in Georgia over two rapes in 2000, and in the West Midlands where Capener allegedly raped five women between 1988 and 1992.   Four of the five alleged English victims gave evidence at the trial.

Capener will serve a minimum of 35 years in jail before being eligible to apply for parole after being convicted on two counts of attempted rape, two of burglary and one count of sexual abuse.   The attacks which Capener was wanted for in the West Midlands were carried out between 1988 and 1992 in Smethwick, Hall Green, Harborne, Sutton Coldfield and Bournville.   Det Con Andy Holmes of West Midlands Police pursued Capener for over 12 years.

Speaking after sentencing the detective said: "Paul Capener has finally been captured and put behind bars.   "These crimes were particularly horrific as the victims were mostly attacked in the their own homes.   "It is their bravery in testifying that has ensured that this serial rapist will not strike again."   Det Con Holmes worked on the investigation since 1988 and had established a DNA link between the five cases in the West Midlands in 1992.

Fingerprint evidence led to the identification to Capener and Det Con Holmes was in constant contact with Interpol to ensure Capener remained on the US Wanted list.

During the trial, the court in Oregon heard the attacks in this country followed a similar pattern to the attempted rapes in the US.

Source: BBC NEWS


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