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Bradford ‘serious risk’ man free from custody
A Bradford man branded a serious risk to women has been freed from custody with a two-year conditional discharge after failing to comply with a Violent Offender Order.
Andrew Delsol, 48, pleaded guilty to the offence at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, the day he was set to stand trial.
Allegations of causing a woman actual bodily harm, common assault and breaching a non-molestation order, were dropped.
Delsol, of Mandale Road, Horton Bank Top, Bradford, had been in custody on remand since May.
Judge John Potter said he had served the equivalent of a ten-month jail sentence.
The court heard the woman asked Delsol to come round and see her because she needed his help.
The order – only the third issued – was sought by Lancashire Police after Delsol attacked a 25-year-old woman while on prison licence.
He was spotted arm-in-arm with her while keeping the relationship a secret from his supervising officer.
Enquiries revealed he had physically assaulted the woman.
A judge in Lancashire was told: “When he is released he will pose a real and serious threat to the public, especially young females.”
Delsol was imprisoned for eight years in 2002 for subjecting a teenage girl to almost a week of terror, including threatening to dismember her, while holding her captive.
He pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, wounding with intent, two assaults and making a threat to kill.
That sentence came less than three years after he was released from a 15-year jail term for torturing a Bradford woman with a blowtorch.
He beat her with a stick, burned her and allegedly tried to make her drink bleach. He twice forced her out of an attic window with a rope around her neck.
At the time he was on bail and awaiting trial for a sadistic attack on his previous girlfriend while he was living in Bradford. He was jailed at Leeds Crown Court for two years nine months for the assaults, including fracturing her skull.