Manhunt underway for notorious sex offender Dean Goodwin, 32, suspected of raping woman in Poole area of Dorset


Serial sex offender on the run: Police issue alert after woman was raped in her own home by attacker who kicked in the door
Public urge public not to approach him
Suspect was previously jailed for sex assaults on a 63-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl

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00:13 GMT, 27 November 2012

A serial sex offender was on the run last night after raping a young woman in her own home.

Police have warned the public not to approach Dean Goodwin, 32, who has served time for vicious sexual assaults on a 63-year-old woman and a girl of 13.

Police described the latest attack, on a woman in her 20s, as shocking.
Serial sex offender Dean Goodwin, 32, from Poole is on the run again as police investigate the rape of a woman in her 20s

Serial sex offender Dean Goodwin, 32, from Poole is on the run again as police investigate the rape of a woman in her 20s

‘It was an exceptionally nasty attack and one that gives us great cause for concern,’ said Detective Inspector Marcus Hester of Dorset police.

‘We very quickly identified who we believe the offender is and that is Dean Goodwin.

‘He was known to the victim and he was not a stranger to her.

‘I would urge members of the public not to approach him but to dial 999. We need to have him in custody as soon as possible for the safety and the benefit of the public.’

GOODWIN'S VIOLENT PAST

Goodwin had 31 previous convictions by his late teens when he was sentenced to 15 months at the Portland Young Offenders’ Institute

He was released early and just over a month later attacked a 63-year-old woman in broad daylight in Poole

Five days after that Goodwin subjected a 13-year-old schoolgirl to equally vicious sex assault in Poole

He was arrested at his grandmother’s home in Ringwood a week later where officers found him hiding in a wardrobe

Goodwin was arrested in 2009 when he briefly went on the run after failing to announce himself at a bail hostel in the West Country

He was arrested after police found him on the Isle of Wight and sent back to jail for two more years for breaching his bail conditions

Up to 40 officers are conducting door-to-door enquiries in the hunt for Goodwin. High-visibility police patrols are in place in and around the Poole and Bournemouth area and the force helicopter has been called into action.

The rape victim had the front door of her home in Poole kicked down in the middle of the night last Friday. Neighbours said that two weeks earlier armed police had visited the property following another disturbance.

Goodwin had been living in a hostel in Poole since his release from prison 12 months ago.

In 2009 – toward the end of his sentence – he absconded while out on licence and was caught and jailed for a further two years.

The incident saw him branded a high risk offender and local women were warned not to go out alone.

Mr Hester added that ‘anyone found to be helping, harbouring or in any way aiding Dean Goodwin will be arrested’.

He said the rape victim was being looked after by her family supported by specially trained officers.

Goodwin racked up 31 convictions in his teenage years which led to him being given 15 months at the Portland Young Offenders Institute.

He was released early from that sentence and within a month had attacked the 63-year-old woman in broad daylight in Poole.

Just five days later he subjected the 13-year-old schoolgirl to an equally vicious and terrifying sex assault. He was arrested a week later at his grandmother’s home, where officers found him hiding in a wardrobe.

He was jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court for the two offences in 2000. Judge Samuel Wiggs said only an extended period in custody could ensure the public were protected from him.

Nine years later he went on the run after failing to report to a bail hostel in the West Country. Police found him on the Isle of Wight and the extra two-year sentence was imposed for the breach of the terms of his licence.

The victim was raped in her flat in the Parkstone area of Poole, Dorset

The victim was raped in her flat in the Parkstone area of Poole, Dorset

Mr Hester confirmed reports that Goodwin had been spotted on CCTV footage during an ‘incident’ on Sunday evening but would not say where in Dorset this was.

‘He may well offend again just to survive,’ he added.

‘We don’t believe he has any money on him and he needs to eat and may well be stealing to achieve that aim.’

Detective Superintendent Mark Cooper, of Dorset police, said: ‘Dean Goodwin is believed to be responsible for a very violent offence and members of the public should be very cautious if they see him or suspect they see him.’

Goodwin, who is from Poole, is described as white, 5ft 10in and stocky and muscular with very short hair.