Ipswich co-worker who alleged deported paedophile sexually assaulted her speaks out

Ipswich Crown Court.

Ipswich Crown Court. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich woman whose sex assault allegations led to the discovery a convicted paedophile deported 11 years ago was back in the UK and working with vulnerable teenagers has broken her silence.

Becky Watson pictured at her home in Ipswich.

Becky Watson pictured at her home in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Becky Watson feels angry, hurt and let down that Juan Guerra Landazuri was able to end up working with her in Ipswich.

It was Mrs Watson’s allegations of sexual assault against the 44-year-old which led to police discovering he had illegally found himself employment as a support worker for vulnerable teenagers and adults with learning difficulties.

With Landazuri now back behind bars serving a 26-month sentence Mrs Watson, who lives in the Chantry area of Ipswich, decided to waive her right to anonymity to allege that she was groped by him.

The 25-year-old also said he tried to get her to leave her husband and two children and run away with him.

Juan Guerra Landazuri

Juan Guerra Landazuri - Credit: Archant

Mrs Watson reported Landazuri, of Purdis Farm, Ipswich, to Suffolk Constabulary in May this year.

Background checks then discovered he was the same man who was jailed for four years in 2002 at Kingston Crown Court for indecent assault on a female under 14 under the name of Juan Alejandro Guerra.

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Landazuri was deported back to Ecuador in 2005 but managed to return to the UK in 2013.

After failing to declare his conviction on an application form Landazuri was able to get a job as a support worker going to properties in Ipswich.

Mrs Watson met Landazuri - who is also understood to have lived in Needham Market - when she started working for the same care company in January this year.

She said: “When I first started he shook my hand. Then it moved on very quickly to him kissing both my cheeks every single time we worked together. I thought it was Spanish thing so I would let it slide.

“But it moved on quite rapidly to him starting to rub my back, grabbing my bum and trying to hold me. On one occasion he grabbed my breasts.

“I was shocked and quite taken aback. You don’t expect that sort of thing at work. I kind of blocked it all out.”

The mother-of-two said on another occasion she was asked to do some house cleaning at a property in Foxhall Road.

“I was at the back door. He arrived and rubbed my back from the top to my bottom and just held his hand there.”

Mrs Watson said it got to the stage where she was scared to go to work and when the pair worked at another residence in Croft Street she would wait until Landazuri left in his car before entering the property.

In addition to the alleged groping, Mrs Watson said Landazuri would also ask her intrusive questions about her personal life with her husband Luke.

Before the alleged sexual contact Mrs Watson said she began to feel really uncomfortable with Landazuri after he gave her a lift home once when it was raining.

She said: “He grabbed me outside my house. He said to me ‘leave your husband, leave your children and run away with me and I will make all your dreams come true’.

“I felt violently sick, but just laughed and said ‘don’t be so silly’.”

Mrs Watson said Landazuri was known as ‘The Spanish stallion’ by some staff, but only because of his car.

She said his actions had ruined her life and caused her to dress in her husband’s clothes to appear less feminine in the hope she would not attract his attention.

After Mrs Watson went to police it was discovered Landazuri has Ecuadorian and Spanish nationality, and that was able to return to the UK on his Spanish passport.

Although he was charged with three sex assaults and a common assault on Mrs Watson the case was subsequently discontinued at crown court due to insufficient evidence.

However, Landazuri was jailed by Ipswich Crown Court after admitting failing to comply with the notifications of the Sexual Offences Act and fraud by lying to get a job at a care company. Mrs Watson said she is furious that Landazuri was able to get back into the country.

“I do feel angry. Our Government should be protecting us, not put people in the position I was in. It’s appalling.”

After Landazuri was sentenced a spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “Foreign criminals have no place in the United Kingdom and we are using all the resources available to protect the British public.

In the last five years, we have strengthened the UK’s ability to request and obtain criminal records data from other countries about foreign nationals who are arrested in the UK.

“Since 2010, checks on foreign nationals going through the UK criminal justice system have increased by more than 1,500 per cent, helping ensure more foreign criminals are taken off our streets and making our communities safer.

“We are also providing leadership in Europe, and across the world, on efforts to improve the proactive sharing of information between countries about foreign offenders.”

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