Sex attacker, 20, gets 11 years in prison for violent assault on woman, 55, in her Ulverston home (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Sex attacker, 20, gets 11 years in prison for violent assault on woman, 55, in her Ulverston home
12:58pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
AN Ulverston man has been jailed for 11 years for a serious sexual assault on a woman in her own home.
Liam Andrew Hughes, 20, was sentenced today at Preston Crown Court.
Police said the sexual offences were committed against a 55-year-old woman from Ulverston, who was attacked in her home.
They said Hughes entered the property, which was not locked, and sexually assaulted the woman who was alone in the house.
They were interrupted by a relative of the woman, and Hughes fled the scene. He was later arrested at a nearby house, said police.
He had pleaded not guilty to the offence until his last court appearance where he admitted the serious sexual assault.
Detective Constable Mark Bowness of Barrow Police said: “The sexual offences committed by Hughes were violent, and the distress caused was heightened as it happened in the woman’s own home.
"There is absolutely no excuse for such actions. Today justice has been served, thanks to the strength of the victim in reporting the offences.
“I hope the sentence imposed today will encourage victims of such crimes to come forward and report them. Every case is different but we take each and every one very seriously and they will be investigated thoroughly.”
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