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Man jailed for sexual assault on 84-year-old

Robert Madge, 64, of Wormleighton, was sentenced to nine years in prison following a trial at Oxford Crown Court last week. NNL-140618-091904001

Robert Madge, 64, of Wormleighton, was sentenced to nine years in prison following a trial at Oxford Crown Court last week. NNL-140618-091904001

A church volunteer who walked an 84-year-old woman home from a coffee morning before sexually assaulting her has been given a nine-year prison sentence.

Robert Madge, 64, of Winchelsea Close, Banbury, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court last Thursday.

In March he was found guilty of sexual assault by penetration.

The court heard how Madge and his wife had been helping out at a church hall hosting a coffee morning for elderly people.

In July 2013 when the coffee morning came to a close, Madge volunteered to take the victim back to her home.

Judge Ian Pringle QC said: “She went inside her own property and you then began to assault her; a woman who is old enough to be your mother.

“You said words like ‘I fancy you’ and ‘you’ve got a lovely body’ and you placed your hands all over her.”

Madge then sexually assaulted the victim before leaving.

Mr Pringle said: “To her surprise you went into her home – an uninvited entry.

“This victim was particularly vulnerable. It was a grotesque abuse of trust and it was also aggravated by the fact the incident took place in her home.”

Mr Pringle said the victim rarely leaves the house as a result of the assault.

He added: “I have come to the conclusion that in your case the only proper sentence is one of nine years imprisonment.”

Mr Pringle also handed Madge a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) banning him from any direct or indirect contact with the victim and from being alone with any female person suffering from any mental or physical disabilities.

Mr Pringle said: “That order will remain for the rest of your life.”

Madge was also ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge.

 

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