A MAN has been jailed for eight years for a ‘disturbing series of sexual assaults’ against ‘vulnerable and elderly women’ across the country, including Bromsgrove.
Richard Saillet, of Crick Road, Hillmorton in Rugby, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday (May 11) with two further years on licence.
The 64-year-old had pleaded guilty, at the same court on March 24, to four counts of sexual assault on a female over 16.
On each occasion Saillet trespassed onto the properties of elderly women in order to sexually assault them.
The offences took place between March and May 2016 in Halesowen, Botley in Oxford, Bromsgrove and Greens Norton in Northamptonshire.
Another offence in Hethe, Oxfordshire, in August was laid on file.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Richard Lewis of Force CID, 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 targeted his victims, who were all vulnerable, elderly women living on their own.
“Saillet was identified through phone billing enquiries and subsequent forensic examinations identified his DNA at the scene of the offences.”
Jeremy Taylor, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “We worked closely with Thames Valley Police from early in the investigation to help build the strongest possible prosecution case. Their investigators, and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers and caseworkers have worked tirelessly to bring this prosecution to court.
“This prosecution would not have been possible without the courage of the victims, who were willing to support proceedings.
“I commend them for their bravery.
“The physical and emotional impact on the victims of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify.
“I hope that the convictions and today’s sentence give some small comfort to them.
“Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time.”