A CONVICTED rapist is back behind bars for a second sex attack on a female pensioner.

Tony Plews was jailed for 12 years at Teesside Crown Court in July 2004 after admitting the rape and robbery of an 87-year-old woman in her own home.

The 22-year-old defendant, then of Willington, left with the victim’s £700 savings after the attack, in March 2003.

He is now serving another long sentence, after admitting two counts of sexual assault on a frail 68-year-old woman, who was overcoming stomach cancer at the time.

The offences were said to have taken place during an eight-hour ordeal in her County Durham home, in late January this year, in which he refused to leave until, at one stage, she told him her daughter was imminently due to visit

The, now 36-year-old defendant, of Waskerley Grove, Bishop Auckland, also admitted doing acts tending or intended to pervert the course of justice, by removing personal items of the victim and putting them in his own home, in a bid to back up his claim that he was having a relationship with the woman.

Imposing a ten-year sentence, to include a custodial element of five years and 11 months, with an extended licence period of four years and a month, Judge Robert Adams, sitting at Newcastle Crown Court, described Plews as, “clearly dangerous”, adding that he targeted the woman because of her frail health.

Plews was also made subject of registration as a sex offender, and a restraining order, prohibiting him contacting his victim, both indefinitely.

The court heard he admitted the three charges on the day of trial in September, when the prosecution agreed to leave two counts of attempted rape, “on the file”.