Birkenhead man sentenced to 16 years for sexual assault and false imprisonment

A Wirral man has been jailed for 16 years today, Friday 11 February, for sexual assault and false imprisonment. 

Daniel Jones, 47, of Borough Road, Birkenhead was sentenced to 16 years, with a further eight years on licence, at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting two counts of sexual assault by penetration, two counts of false imprisonment, threats to kill and assault of an emergency worker.

Jones was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and received a lifetime restraining order against his victim.

At around 10.45am on Monday 26 July 2021, we received a report that Jones was behaving erratically on Borough Road, banging on a car bonnet and screaming that his dog had been ran over.

Jones stopped the victim, asked her to help him and persuaded her to carry the dog into his house. 

Once inside, Jones prevented her from leaving the property, sexually assaulted her and made threats towards her. 

A female police officer attended the report of Jones’ erratic behaviour and he dragged her inside his house. Jones prevented the officer from leaving and also made threats towards her. 

The officer placed herself between Jones and the victim and shouted to her to run, before further patrols attended and detained and arrested Jones. 

He was later charged and remanded in custody. 

In a statement, the female officer who was first on scene said, “Throughout my career and my life, I will never forget what happened…that day. I vividly remember being deployed to that job and at first not thinking much of it…However, when I attended the address I knew something was wrong and I am grateful to not only my own instincts but also my colleagues and our perseverance at knocking at the address.

“I still can’t believe what Daniel did to us that day. After reflecting on the incident, I feel one of his intentions for attacking us was because we are women.

“If we as the police had not intervened, it is my personal belief that Daniel would have killed his victim. If my colleagues had not come to my assistance as quick as they did I believe Daniel would have sexually assaulted and killed me.”

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Parry from Merseyside Police’s Unity Team said, “We welcome that Jones is now behind bars after subjecting two women to an utterly horrendous ordeal. 

“The way in which Jones deceived one of his victims by pretending to be in need of help before kidnapping and assaulting her was nothing short of despicable. I hope that he will reflect on the consequences of his actions while serving his significant jail time. 

“I hope that the fact that Jones is off our streets and can no longer cause fear and harm to other women will provide some comfort to his victims and will help them move on from their ordeal.

“Remember, if you have been the victim of any sexual assault, there is help and support available to you. Here at Merseyside Police we have specially trained officers in our dedicated Unity Team who will listen to you and treat you with sensitivity and compassion. There are also a number of reliable and trusted organisations and charities who will support you from your initial report, right through the court process and beyond.”

Assistant Chief Constable Ngaire Waine said, “I would like to commend the incredible bravery shown by our officer who first arrived on scene at Borough Road. Her quick thinking and courage while faced with such violence is a credit to the Force and an example of the brilliant work our officers do, day in day out to keep our communities safe. 

“The sentencing today shows that we at Merseyside Police won’t hesitate to act to make sure that men such as Jones, who feel it is acceptable to perpetrate such despicable violence against women, are put behind bars. 

“Tackling Violence and Intimidation Against Women and Girls is a clear, immediate priority for us as a Force. As well as working tirelessly to target perpetrators, we are also focussed on ensuring we provide support for victims throughout the criminal justice process, promoting trust and confidence in the reporting process and focussing on evidence-led prosecutions where possible. 

“We are committed to working proactively with our partners across Merseyside to reduce violence against women and girls. For example, we work with our local authorities to make sure that public spaces are safe for women and girls and, in April 2021, we also launched Operation Empower, our proactive policing response to preventing sexual violence in the Night Time Economy. We deploy additional officers, in key locations on busy nights or at important events, who are tasked with identifying potential perpetrators who are displaying signs of predatory behaviour.

“Our proactive approach, together with our determination to remove perpetrators like Jones from our communities, underlines the Force’s continued efforts to ensure women and girls feel safe to pursue their lives free of fear and harassment. 

“Finally, but importantly, I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that, if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with your case sensitively and make sure that your report is properly and thoroughly investigated. There is no time limit for reporting this type of crime and we take every report extremely seriously.”

Anyone with information or wants to report a sexual offence is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801. In an emergency, always call 999.

Merseyside Police, alongside three other forces, have also been part of a pilot project for a new service to report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences online – with the option to report anonymously.
The new online Rape and Sexual Assault reporting service is now live on the website here: Merseyside Police and enables people who do not require immediate police assistance to report the crime via their local force website.

For women who have felt or feel unsafe in public spaces the Home Office has set up a pilot service (StreetSafe | Police.uk (www.police.uk )  for anyone to anonymously report public places where they have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, e.g. street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, e.g. being followed or verbally abused. Please note: ‘StreetSafe’ is not for reporting crime or incidents.

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