June 2016

Sex attacker preyed on vulnerable woman under influence of drink and drugs

A 34-year-old man, already on licence for a previous sex offence, attacked a vulnerable woman while she was under the influence of drink and drugs, a court heard.

Aaron Hunt, of Astley Close, Woodrow, Redditch, was convicted after a trial for sexual assault. He was sentenced to eight years jail at Worcester Crown Court.

Hunt’s previous victim was a 15-year-old girl in 2013, said Judge Christopher Plunkett. Hunt must register for life as a sex offender and a restraining order was made to prevent him contacting his latest victim.

Her ordeal had made a devastating impact upon her life, said prosecutor Tariq Shakoor. She had tried to take her own life and had made attempts at self-harm.

The judge said the woman, who was on medication, had invited Hunt into her flat as a gesture of kindness. She had been drinking and used cannabis before he found her lying in a passageway. He had assaulted her on the floor and again when he took her to the bedroom.

Michael Aspinall, defending, said he was trying to build a new life as a building worker and had a job as a storeman. He was trying to regain contact with his young daughter.

But the judge said he had assaulted the woman when she was not in a position to resist because of the alcohol and cannabis.

He was in a position of trust as he had been invited in but he had violated this.

He concluded that Hunt was a man who posed significant risks of sexual offending.

He extended the licence period at the end of the sentence for five years for the protection of the public