(LONDON) Chelmsford Crown Court Report: A woman assaulted by a man while riding her bike in Nazeing earlier this year has thanked officers after he was jailed for 4yrs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.20: He had previously plead guilty to 17 offences, including sexual assault and indecent exposure.

#AceDailyNews Court Report: Domenico Anselmo, 27, of Meadgate Road, Nazeing, received a 4-year sentence yesterday (Wednesday 16 December) at Chelmsford Crown Court, in connection with a series of sexual offences in the west of the county and across the border into Hertfordshire

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One of the women he physically assaulted was riding her push bike along Nursery Road, Nazeing, at the time, in May 2021.

She said:

“I always try and go for a walk or a bike ride after work to get out of the house.

“I was riding my bike when I was suddenly hit from behind. I almost fell off, it was with such force.

“My first instinct was to get home as soon as I could. It was a really distressing journey as I still had five or six miles left of my route and didn’t know whether he was still behind me.

“As soon as I got home, I called 101 and reported it. When I was describing what had happened, I realised that I’d sensed someone following me beforehand.

“I just couldn’t understand how you could do that to someone. I still don’t. What if it was your mother, a sister or your daughter this happened to?

“Even though it’s been a difficult process to go through, I can genuinely say that everyone I’ve spoken to at Essex Police have been brilliant.

“The officers have always taken their time to explain the case and next steps, and said I could phone them back whenever I needed.

“At no point did they make me feel as if my report was insignificant.

“I’ve had a really positive experience and I’d like to say thank you to them for the way they’ve dealt with it and the man hours that must have gone into the investigation.”

Describing what advice she would give to anyone who may experience something similar, she said:

“I’m really glad I reported it. If someone asked me whether they should do the same, my answer would be definitely.

“As soon as I heard that he’d been arrested and taken into custody, I felt a sense of relief. 

“I don’t think people really appreciate the long-term impact this can have on someone.

“If you’re reading this and it’s happened to you, I’d say don’t hesitate. Pick up the phone and report it.

“Don’t let them get away with it.”

DC Clair Ward, the investigating officer for the case from Harlow CID, said:

“I think it’s a true testament to their strength and determination that the women in this case reported Anselmo and made him answer for his crimes.

“It’s incomprehensible how anyone can think it’s okay to physically assault someone or make them feel vulnerable in their own community.

“For some of them, their only break from lockdown during a worldwide pandemic was to go on walks, runs or bike rides.

“Nobody should fear that someone walking past them will hurt them or cause them distress.

“It will never be acceptable for someone’s behaviour to take away another person’s freedom.”

A sexual predator who was caught when he returned to the scene of his crime as one of his victims was showing officers where she’d been assaulted, has been jailed.

The result follows a joint investigation by officers and detectives across our teams in the West, supported by officers from Herts Police.

Domenico Anselmo, 27, of Meadgate Road, Nazeing, has today (Wednesday 16 December) been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with a series of sexual offences in the west of the county and across the border into Hertfordshire.

He plead guilty to 17 offences committed between January 2017 and May 2021 on paths along the River Lea.

He subjected a total of thirteen women to physical assaults, indecent exposure and on some occasions, both.

In May of this year, the investigation team asked the women Anselmo targeted to accompany officers to the location of each offence, to install additional CCTV cameras in the area.

One of the women had been walking home along Dobbs Weir Road in July 2020 when she was assaulted.

Unexpectedly, Anselmo returned to the scene of the crime just as she finished showing officers where it had happened.

She said:

“It had been a long time since the incident happened to me, so I’d honestly given up on the possibility of him being identified.

“When the officers asked me to show them exactly where it happened, I didn’t really think anything would come of it.

“Afterwards, as I turned round to wave goodbye, I saw this man riding a push bike heading towards me.

“I thought to myself ‘I recognise that bike’ and that’s when the realisation suddenly set in.

“I felt really panicked as I didn’t want to walk back past him to alert the officers, but luckily one of them caught my eye and must have seen my distress.

“They came over to ask what was wrong and that’s when I told them ‘that’s him!’.

“Even now, I still find it completely unbelievable that it happened when it happened.

“It was perfect timing.”

Anselmo was arrested by officers from our West Disruptor team, who had also been in the area conducting proactive plain-clothed patrols. He was charged with 18 offences.

The clothing he was wearing that day matched those seen in CCTV footage showing another of his offences.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Dec.20: 2021:

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