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Stalker Kevin O’Driscoll of Grove Road Leysdown locked up after preying on pensioner

A sinister stalker preyed on a woman before breaking into her house and sexually assaulting her.

Former milkman Kevin O’Driscoll followed his victim, showered her with flowers and secretly filmed her.

But the pretty pensioner told a jury at Maidstone Crown Court she thought he was “creepy”.

Stalker Kevin O'Driscoll has been jailed. Picture Kent Police
Stalker Kevin O'Driscoll has been jailed. Picture Kent Police

The 49 year old, from Grove Road, Leysdown, changed his pleas to guilty after hearing her evidence – but then changed his mind and asked for the judge to set them aside.

Judge Julian Smith rejected his application and has now given him an extended 10 year jail sentence for trespass intending to carry out a sex offence, sex assault and stalking.

O’Driscoll will have to serve two-thirds of an immediate eight year jail term before he can seek parole and then serve an extra two years on licence if and when released.

Prosecutor Peter Forbes told how the victim returned home on night in May last year to find O’Driscoll in her bedroom brandishing latex gloves.

'When I saw him wearing latex gloves I thought I was going to die.'

The feisty victim ordered him to leave, telling him: “What are you doing? Get out of my home.

She revealing later: “When I saw him wearing latex gloves I thought I was going to die.”

Mr Forbes told how O’Driscoll who lied about having a wife then ripped off her clothes and groped her as she bravely fought him off screaming and scratching his face, eyes and nose drawing blood.

O’Driscoll was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court
O’Driscoll was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court

She told the jury: “I felt humiliated,” but managed to get her clothes back on and then “marched” him to the front door.

It was then O’Driscoll grabbed her face and snarled: “If you tell anyone I will come back and kill you.”

Police were alerted and discovered that he had been stalking his victim and taking pictures.

Mr Forbes said that on the night of the attack he had followed her to a pub and watched until she left.

Earlier he had broken in and unlocked a side entrance and later when she was relaxing she heard a noise and thought it was her heating.

Mr Forbes said that after his arrest he claimed he was attacked and called his victim “a nasty old woman” who had clawed at his face.

Judge Julian Smith. Picture: Martin Apps
Judge Julian Smith. Picture: Martin Apps

On the third day of the trial he changed his pleas to guilty – but then tried to get it reversed without success.

He said the victim had suffered flashbacks and nightmares since the incident and is moving home.

She wrote in her victim impact statement: "I kept fearing he would return. I kept going around my house and checking the doors. I still can't believe this happened."

Judge Smith, who ruled O’Driscoll posed a danger to women in the future, added that “It must have been truly terrifying."

He ordered him to stay away from his victim for life and will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

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