Redway sex attacker sentenced

Robert Horne - the man found guilty of series of sexual assaults on the Redways in Milton Keynes last year - will serve at least eight years in jail.

Horne - who's 26 and of no fixed abode, but originally from Milton Keynes - has been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection. He cannot apply to be considered for release for eight years.

Horne was found guilty by a unanimous verdict of five counts of sexual assault, three counts of robbery and one count of attempted rape at Huntingdon Crown Court on 27th January.

He will also have to sign on to the Sex Offenders Register for life and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order has been made which stops him working with children under sixteen.

Judge McKittrick commended Thames Valley Police, recognising the contribution of many officers and staff in putting together the case. He highly commended Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman, who led the investigation, for his leadership and professional skills.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman, said: "Investigations such as these are always complex and challenging. The team demonstrated great dedication and skill throughout, which was also noted by Judge McKittrick who commended the investigating team and all the police departments involved in bringing Horne to justice.

“This is a very significant sentence which brings some real professional satisfaction, not least because it recognises both the hurt inflicted on the victims and their courage."

Deputy Local Police Area (LPA) Commander, A/Ch Insp Amanda Blake, said: “This series of crimes had a significant impact on the community of Milton Keynes. It caused a lot of fear and affected how safe many people felt walking around the city. We are pleased that the offender has been found guilty and stopped from committing any further harm. 

“I would like to thank both the public and the media for their continued support throughout the investigation. I would also like to thank our SaferMK partners who supported us in numerous ways and in particular for mobilising the Community Safety Wardens to help officers with Redway patrols. 

“I would like to reassure the public that offences like this are extremely rare in Milton Keynes and it continues to be a very safe place to live and work.”