Sex attacker who lured drunk mental patient with booze 'may have struck before' (From This Is Local London)
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Addiscombe sex attacker who lured drunk Epsom mental patient with booze 'may have struck before'
Police believe a sex attacker convicted of preying on a drunk mental health patient could have struck before.
Morgan Towner, of Long Lane, Addiscombe, pushed a 54-year-old woman over a garden wall before sexually assaulting her and punching her in Outram Road on February 9.
Police believe the woman, from Epsom, who has no memory of the attack, may have been unconscious after hitting her head as she fell over the wall and into a hedge, suffering scratches and bruises.
Officers, who had been alerted by a member of the public, found 36-year-old Towner still at the scene with his underwear around his ankles.
Towner met the victim, who was injured in the attack, in a nearby pub before coaxing her away with the promise of more alcohol.
A jury found Towner not guilty of rape but convicted him of sexual assault by penetration at Croydon Crown Court on September 20.
Reporting of the conviction had been restricted until the completion of a second trial, in which Towner was cleared of raping a Sutton 18-year-old in her sleep, yesterday.
The teenager had originally accused Towner of attacking her in 2008 but there was deemed insufficient evidence for a trial until the Metropolitan Police reopening the case following his arrest this year.
A jury found him not guilty of the 2008 attack after two hours of deliberation. During the trial Towner had told the court he had consentual sex with the 18-year-old.
But police, who believe Towner may have attacked other women, are now appealing for victims or witnesses to come forward.
Inspector John Daly said: "We are worried there may be other victims who have never reported it and if so we would urge them to come forward."
Towner will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on November 22.