Man jailed for rape attack

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A rapist who attacked a woman walking home from a nightclub has been jailed, police said.

Cheslin Campher, 34, from Bromley, Kent, was jailed for four years and five months at the Old Bailey yesterday, after he admitted attacking a 25-year-old woman, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said.

He was brought to court following a "cold case" investigation by the Metropolitan police's specialist Sapphire unit, part of the force's specialist crime directorate.

In the early hours of November 26 2005, the victim was on her way home from a night out with friends at Delano's nightclub in Bromley. Campher, who had been following her, approached her from behind and dragged her into a garden before raping her, a force spokeswoman said.

After the attack he fled the scene.

At the time, forensics identified a DNA sample but there was no match on the database. But earlier this year, Campher was arrested on suspicion of robbery offences and when his DNA was entered into the system a match was made.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at a hearing in September, police said.

Detective Constable Andy Beete of Sapphire said: "It is entirely feasible that Campher has committed further offences and I would appeal to any individuals who believe they may have been a victim to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."