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Delivery driver sentenced for attempted rape in Colchester

A delivery driver who sexually assaulted an elderly woman he took prescriptions to has been given a definitive hospital order.

Dennis Reed, of Sydney Street in Colchester was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, Monday 15th April, and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

In a past hearing, the 69-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted rape, three counts of sexual assault and one count of common assault.

Reed copied a key to the victims property so he could enter her home, and the attacks happened between August and September 2018. It was reported on the 21st September and he was arrested the same day.

In a statement read out in court on behalf of the victim, she still feels his presence in her home and has to check he's not there when enters a different room.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Nicola Kelly, of the North Sexual Abuse Investigation Team, said: "I cannot commend the victim enough for being brave enough to tell someone, and tell us, about the assaults on her by Reed."

"Reed knowingly targeted a very vulnerable woman and abused her trust in an abhorrent way.

"I am please that this detainment means that he will be unable to re-offend."


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