A RAPIST who fled the country after attacking a woman in a Halifax street was finally brought to justice after a grainy picture of him appeared in the Courier.
Peter Fallows, 34, was in prison today at the start of a five-year sentence.
A court heard he committed the horrendous attack in 2007 after offering to walk his victim home from Halifax town centre in the early hours of a Saturday.
He said he would take her to her boyfriend’s house after she left Barbarella’s in Silver Street, Halifax.
Unable to get into her boyfriend’s flat, the victim walked to Delph Street where Fallows grabbed her and forced her to perform oral sex on him. During the attack, she bit him and his blood was later found on her clothes.
Medical evidence also suggested she had also been sexually assaulted, but the woman could not remember that part of the ordeal.
She told police she recognised the man as a customer at a Halifax pub and knew his name was Peter.
A month after committing the attack Fallows bought a return ticket to Bulgaria, but didn’t come back for three years.
In early 2008, CCTV images published in the Courier led the a member of the public providing links to Fallows.
Police tracked him down and he was arrested when he returned to the UK in 2010.
Fallows of Brink Top Farm, Mytholmroyd, denied rape and assault by penetration, but was found guilty by a jury at Bradford Crown Court in November last year.
Detective Superintendent Dick Nuttall, head of the rape investigation team, said: “This was a particularly nasty assault committed against a defenceless young woman who was making her way to the home of a friend after a night out.
“Fallows began walking alongside the victim and portrayed himself as someone she could trust but once in a secluded area he betrayed that trust and carried out his attack.
“During the assault Fallows sustained an injury that ultimately led to him being forensically linked to the offence.
“The team of officers investigating the offence were initially unable to identify the donor of the DNA left by the suspect and in early 2008 released a CCTV image of the man they wanted to trace. Those images appeared in the Halifax Courier and led to a possible breakthrough when a call from a member of the public provided the link to Fallows.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victim for the patience and courage she has shown throughout this investigation and the trial. I hope that she can now find some comfort in the fact that her attacker has been jailed.”
Fallows will be released on license after half of his sentence.