A MALVERN man has been jailed for more than 13 years after raping an elderly woman in Upton-upon-Severn.
Keith Brown, aged 55, from Blakes Lane, Guarlford, for the sexual assault on the 83-year-old woman in her own home.
He was sentenced today at Worcester Crown Court, to ten years and eight months in prison and will serve a further three years on licence.
Brown pleaded guilty on September 14 to the rape which happened in the early hours of August 13. He was also given a restraining order not to contact the victim for life.
Det Insp Tony Garner said: “This was a despicable offence on an elderly and defenceless victim.
“Following the report of the incident we mobilised every resource at our disposal from detectives to dogs teams in order to catch a vile sexual predator.
“All those involved in the investigation worked tirelessly to quickly apprehend Brown and in doing so we have prevented further people potentially becoming a victim to him.
“My hope is this conviction and sentence will provide some measure of closure for the victim who is an extremely brave and courageous woman.
“It will also reassure a local community and act as a warning to anyone else considering offending in this manner that West Mercia Police will not rest until you are caught and brought to justice.”
Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault and feels they may need support can contact West Mercia’s Victim Advice Line.
It is a free, independent and confidential support service. People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit www.victimadviceline.org.uk and do not have to have reported the offence to the police.
Anyone wanting to report a crime like this can call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.