Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Man given indeterminate sentence for sex attacks

A sexual predator who followed a vulnerable disabled woman home to rape her has been given an indeterminate jail sentence.

Andrew Richardson, 31, of Thornton Road, Morecambe, targeted his victim – who is in her 50s and who has learning difficulties - on Morecambe promenade on June 18 this year. After trying to engage the woman in conversation, he followed her to her home where he sexually assaulted her. He then returned the following day and raped his victim before stealing £9 and fleeing the property.

Richardson was arrested following an extensive investigation by officers from CID and the local neighbourhood police teams. He appeared at Preston Crown Court in October and pleaded guilty to rape, sexual assault and theft.

Appearing at Preston Crown Court today, he was given an indeterminate prison sentence with a minimum of four years before a review will be carried out.

Detective Constable Ciara Campbell, Lancaster CID, said: “Richardson preyed on his victim, knowing that she was vulnerable. After carrying out one attack, he returned to carry out an even more horrific offence.

“The sentence given by the courts means that a dangerous individual has been removed for our streets and the local community is a safer place for it."

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