A dangerous sex offender who attacked vulnerable women while on the run from prison for two months has been jailed for life with a tariff of 11 years.
Preston-born Lee Cyrus, 48, who also goes by the alias Ivan Leach, was found guilty of committing a string of sexual and violent offences against women while on the run from HMP North Sea Camp open prison at Boston in Lincolnshire.
He fled on October 9 last year after going on day release, sparking a one man crime wave against women.
For two months he tormented women in the Hampstead Heath area of Camden until he was caught red-handed on December 2 last year after waiting in the shadows to attack a woman.
There were sightings of him in Preston and across the country.
Cyrus was found guilty of 11 separate offences he committed during his time on the run including six indecent exposures - one involving a 12 year old girl - affray, two grievous bodily harms to a 63-year-old and 61-year-old, aggravated burglary of an 83-year-old in which he stole pictures of her grandchildren, a knifepoint robbery of a 33-year-old woman and a burglary.
Within weeks of Cyrus’s disappearance, there were several indecent expose offences reported in Hampstead Heath.
On several occasions while armed and wearing a black balaclava, Cyrus stalked and terrorised women.
His offending escalated into brutal attacks and knife-point robberies on elderly women alone in their own homes, police said.
Cyrus was arrested in a cemetery shortly after he unstuck leaping out and exposing himself to a 45-year-old woman on December 2 last year.