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