Eight-year jail term for vile sex at­tacker who preyed on el­derly

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

A “RUTH­LESS and dan­ger­ous” sex­ual preda­tor who preyed on el­derly women has been jailed for eight years.

Richard Sail­let, 64, sex­u­ally assaulted four “vul­ner­a­ble” woman in their own homes across the Mid­lands and even turned vi­o­lent dur­ing one of the at­tacks.

Sail­let was ar­rested in May last year and the 64-year-old, of Crick Road, Hill­mor­ton, Rugby, was handed the eight-year prison sen­tence at Ox­ford Crown Court this week, with a two fur­ther years on li­cence.

He had pleaded guilty to four counts of sex­ual as­sault on a fe­male over 16 at an ear­lier hear­ing.

On each oc­ca­sion, Sail­let tres­passed on to the prop­er­ties of el­derly women in or­der to sex­u­ally as­sault them.

The of­fences took place last year in Hale­sowen, Bot­ley, Broms­grove and Greens Nor­ton in Northamp­ton­shire.

Jeremy Tay­lor, for the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, said: “This case in­volved the sex­ual as­sault of four women be­tween March and May 2016, in their homes in the West Mid­lands, Ox­ford­shire, Worces­ter­shire and Northamp­ton­shire.

“On each oc­ca­sion, Richard Sail­let at­tended the home ad­dress of the women, who are not known to him, and touched them in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

“Dur­ing the first in­ci­dent, he pushed passed the vic­tim as she opened the door and forced his way in.

“A week be­fore the sec­ond in­ci­dent, he called the vic­tim claim­ing some­one needed to visit her about a sur­vey. On at­tend­ing, he said he needed to use the bath­room and when she found him in her son’s bed­room he forced her on to the bed.

“Sail­let used vi­o­lence dur­ing the last in­ci­dent and got an­gry with the vic­tim when she tried to re­sist.

“Sail­let tar­geted the women due to their vul­ner­a­bil­ity and planned his at­tacks. He is clearly a cal­cu­lated, ruth­less and dan­ger­ous man.”

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Richard Lewis, from Thames Val­ley Po­lice, said: “This was a very dis­turb­ing se­ries of sex­ual as­saults where Richard Sail­let has tres­passed into the vic­tims’ homes to carry out the of­fences.

“Sail­let was iden­ti­fied through phone billing en­quiries and sub­se­quent foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions iden­ti­fied his DNA at the scene of the of­fences.

“Bring­ing Sail­let to jus­tice has very much been a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween four po­lice forces, the Na­tional Crime Agency and the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice and I would like to thank all of those in­volved.”

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