Man jailed for raping woman, 86, at Bradford care home

A 19-year-old man has been given an indeterminate jail sentence for the kidnap and rape of an 86-year-old woman in a Bradford care home.

A judge at Bradford Crown Court told Dale Boocock, from the Woodside area of the city, his crime was “appalling”.

Boocock, who admitted rape and kidnap, was told he would serve a minimum of four years and nine months.

The elderly woman was assaulted at a home in the Buttershaw area of Bradford in the early hours of 15 September.

She needed hospital treatment at the time of the attack and has since died of natural causes.

‘Beyond belief’

The court heard Boocock had been on bail for a series of house burglaries at the time of the attack.

The judge, Recorder Mark Burn, said Boocock would probably serve “very much longer” than the minimum sentence.

Det Ch Insp Jon Hoyle, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Dale Boocock has been sentenced to imprisonment after pleading guilty to the kidnap and rape of an 86-year-old lady, the circumstances of which can only be described as vile and beyond belief.

“The only consolation I can offer the family is that Boocock was arrested soon after the offence and has been dealt with by the courts quickly and he will remain in prison for a very long time.

“However, this will never make up for the loss of a wife, a mother, a grandmother, great grandmother and friend, after she tragically passed away just seven weeks after the incident.

“During my short involvement with this family it became apparent that she was a very special person to many.”