Guilty of rape - but has sex fiend Peter Fallows struck before?

A police officer guards the scene where Peter Fallows raped a young woman after a night out in Halifax in November 2007.
A police officer guards the scene where Peter Fallows raped a young woman after a night out in Halifax in November 2007.

The man accused of raping and sexually assaulting a young woman after a night out in Halifax has been found guilty of the sickening attack.

Peter Fallows, 34, was remanded in custody after the unanimous verdict was announced. He will be sentenced on December 16.

The Courier can now reveal Fallows had been arrested before on suspicion of sex offences, but never charged.

He was questioned in 1992, aged 15, after two young girls he babysat claimed he made them perform sex acts on him.

But a police report concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

An excerpt read to Judge Shaun Spencer QC earlier in the trial said: “While something may have occurred there is no likelihood of securing a conviction.”

The allegations were not revealed to the jury.

Bradford Crown Court heard Fallows attacked the 20-year-old woman in Delph Street, Halifax, early on Saturday November 17, 2007.

He forced her to perform oral sex on him, but she bit him and his blood on her clothes linked him to the crime.

Medical evidence also suggested she had been sexually assaulted but she could not remember that part of her ordeal.

She had been drinking in Halifax town centre all night and was nearly four times the drink-drive limit when she reported the rape. The victim had a vague recollection of her attacker offering to walk with her when she left Barbarella’s, Silver Street, to go to her boyfriend’s flat.

The court heard she recognised him as a customer from the Halifax pub she used to work at and knew his first name.

CCTV footage showed the pair walking through Bull Green together before arriving at the flat at around 6.30am. When nobody answered, they left – then Fallows attacked her in a nearby car park.

A taxi driver from A1 Ziggy, who took her home to her parents at around 8am, described her as “distressed and shaking, wearing filthy clothes and with clotted bloodstains on her knees and ankles with some grazing marks to both those areas.”

Fallows, of Brink Top Farm, Mytholmroyd, booked a return to Bulgaria just weeks later but did not get on his flight home.

He did not return until March 2010 and had shaved his shoulder-length hair and grown a beard.

He was tracked down after his cousin’s friend recognised him in a CCTV still in the Courier.