The daughter of the elderly victim of a violent criminal who remains on the run from prison today told of her anger he was allowed on day release.
Kathlyn Jackson, who is 92 and now lives in a residential home in Ashton, Preston, said she had to take diazepam and morphine after being attacked by Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, in 2005.
Her daughter Kathlyn Hughes, a retired medical secretary, said: “He shouldn’t have been out on day release.
“I remember he had a long criminal record - there were a number of other incidents in the area at about the same time.
“He attacked people who couldn’t defend themselves. He attacked mum in her own home.
“She was in a mess afterwards and she felt so vulnerable after that she wouldn’t live there anymore. She ended up having to move into sheltered housing. She’s 92, but she still remembers what happened to her.”
Police continue to hunt Leach.
Lancashire Police revealed they are investigating reports two schoolgirls were approached by a man matching his description as they sat at a bus stop around 6.30pm on Lancaster Road in Preston city centre on Wednesday October 17.
He made sexual remarks towards the youngsters and encouraged them to participate in sexual activities with him. The girls boarded their bus and reported the incident to the police.
He is also wanted over the rape of a woman, 23, in her home in Perth, Scotland.
Leach, 47, absconded from HMP North Sea Camp on October 9. He is serving a life sentence for robbery and failed to return after day release from the open prison.
The public have been warned not to approach him and to call 101.