Awould-be rapist who attacked two women on the streets 15 years ago has been jailed for 12 years after being caught following a dispute with his neighbour.
Christopher Allan, 40, attacked his first victim, a girl aged 16, as she walked home in Blackheath, south east London, in April 2001.
A second woman aged 26 was assaulted as she made her way home two months later. But Allan evaded justice until he was arrested after a row with his neighbour.
His DNA was tested and matched samples found at both crime scenes. After he was convicted of the attempted rape and indecent assault of the two women, a detective warned that Allan could be responsible for other attacks.
Despite overwhelming evidence... he chose to plead not guilty and put both victims through the ordeal of a trialDet Con Nichola Buckley
Woolwich Crown Court heard the first victim was walking along the street when she realised she was being followed by Allan.
She crossed the road several times, but Allan followed her before he grabbed her from behind and pulled her into bushes.
He tried to rape her and threatened to kill her if she said anything. Two months later, he followed a woman home in Greenwich in the early hours.
She stepped to the side of the path to let him pass but, as he did so, Allan grabbed her and pulled her into a front garden. He sexually assaulted her, but was disturbed by a witness and fled the scene.
Despite officers recovering forensic evidence from both scenes, no suspect could be located at the time.
In 2014, Allan was arrested following a dispute with a neighbour and his DNA matched samples found at both scenes.
He was charged with both offences but, despite the forensic evidence, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
Detective Constable Nichola Buckley, who led the investigation for the Metropolitan Police, said: "Despite overwhelming evidence against Christopher Allan, he chose to plead not guilty and put both victims through the ordeal of a trial.
"Although this outcome was some 15 years since the offences, it goes to show that time is no hindrance and the Met will strive to see justice is served.
"Both victims in this case have shown a huge amount of strength throughout this investigation. Not only did they have to endure these horrendous attacks in 2001, but they had their lives turned upside down again all these years later upon the arrest and subsequent conviction of Allan.
"I would like to commend them for their bravery and hope that they can feel some closure now justice has been served."
Allan, from Charlton, was found guilty of the attempted rape and indecent assault of the two women.
He was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment with an extended licence of six years for each attempted rape and ten years' imprisonment with an extended licence of five years for each indecent assault. All sentences will run concurrently.
DC Buckley added: "It cannot be ruled out that Allan has been responsible for other attacks. If anyone thinks they have been the victim of Christopher Allan, please contact police via 101."