Sex attacker jailed after victim bites finger

By Matthew Bates 03/09 Updated: 03/09 15:49

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Tony Jones was jailed on Friday. (s)

A SEX attacker was tracked down after his 'courageous' victim bit and broke his finger.

Tony Jones, from Eastern Green, grabbed a university student from behind in De Montford Way, Canley.

The woman, in her 20s, was pinned to the floor during the attack but bravely fought back and chomped down on Jones' finger during a struggle.

A tiny drop of blood from the bite was found on her jacket and after analysis showed up his DNA, he was arrested four days later.

At Coventry Crown Court on Friday he was jailed for two-and-a-half years and placed on the sexual offenders for a decade.

Jones, 43, claimed his finger - which was fractured and needed pins inserting to correct it - had been trapped in a car door.

But when police presented him with DNA evidence from the August 4 attack he immediately admitted sexual assault and later pleaded guilty at court.

Detective Sergeant Jim Edmonds said: "The victim showed great courage to fight back and did exactly the right thing in contacting police immediately so we were able to seize all forensic opportunities.

"She told how she'd bitten the man during the struggle so we sent her clothing off for fast-track forensic analysis that revealed a tiny drop of blood on the back of her jacket and allowed us to make a swift arrest."

He said he was satisfied with the prison sentence and added: "His inclusion on the sex offenders list will allow public protection specialists to monitor him, place restrictions on his behaviour and help ensure he doesn't re-offend.

"This was a nasty incident but thankfully attacks of this nature by strangers happen very infrequently in the area.

"Should they occur, though, we have a team of public protection detectives who prioritise the investigation, whilst specialist officer are available to support victims.

"In this case the rapid submission of forensic evidence, plus securing CCTV and witness evidence, led to an early arrest. It was a great team effort and has ensured that a dangerous man has been taken off the streets."

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