Frustration at release of rapist

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A DETECTIVE has spoken of his frustration at having to release a rapist 28 years ago.

Rex Patterson was a detective constable when he questioned Philip Andrew over the attack in Southsea in 1982.

His victim had spotted him in Albert Road and contacted police. But he was released because of a lack of evidence.

As reported, last week Andrew, of Whitcombe Gardens, Milton, was finally jailed for 13 years for the rape.

Mr Patterson said: ‘Letting him go was very frustrating. We did all we could. The worst of it was we knew about the offence he had just come out of prison for, we knew he had more than likely done it. We kept him locked up for two days while we tried to find witnesses and we couldn’t.’

After seeing Andrew jailed he said: ‘I am absolutely chuffed to bits. I just wanted to see Andrew get his just desserts.’