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Court appearance for man charged with two knifepoint sexual assaults delayed

One of the assaults is alleged to have happened in the Durrants Lane area

One of the assaults is alleged to have happened in the Durrants Lane area

 

The first crown court appearance of a man charged with two knifepoint sexual assaults 30 years ago has been delayed until September.

Until then Paul Drinkwater, 51, of no fixed address, will be remanded in custody.

He was arrested in Maidenhead earlier this month. It is expected that he will enter his plea to the charges he faces during the September hearing at St Albans Crown Court.

The hearing had been due to take place today.

Drinkwater’s arrest followed a review by officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (BCHMCU).

The alleged offences occurred in the Berkhamsted area in 1984 and are as follows:

– At about 11.45pm on November 25, it is alleged that a 15-year-old girl was seriously sexually assaulted at knifepoint in the Durrants Lane area

– At about 1am on December 16, two 18-year-old girls were both allegedly attacked at knifepoint in the Bullbeggars Lane area.

Following authority from the Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service detectives from the BCHMCU have charged Paul Drinkwater with false imprisonment, indecent assault, rape, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the November incident.

In relation to the December incident he has been charged with two counts of false imprisonment, indecent assault, rape, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

While these offences occurred 30 years ago, officers would like to appeal to anyone who may have any information about this series of assaults to contact them via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 quoting Operation Willow.

 

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