Serial pervert with ‘psycho-sexual issues’ targeted OAP, aged 84, in Sheffield flat

Neil Lacey, jailed for sexually assaulting an 84-year-old woman. He had a string of previous convictions for similar assaults on elderly ladies.
Neil Lacey, jailed for sexually assaulting an 84-year-old woman. He had a string of previous convictions for similar assaults on elderly ladies.
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A SERIAL pervert with a fetish for elderly women has been locked up for two years after he assaulted an 84-year-old lady in a block of flats in Sheffield.

Neil Lacey, aged 46, of Ellesmere Road North, Pitsmoor, touched and grabbed his victim and sexually assaulted her while she visited her son on Batemoor Road, Batemoor.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Lacey, who lived in the flats, attacked the woman while insisting on helping to take her coat off.

He also emptied her purse.

Lacey had 10 previous convictions starting in 1979 for assaulting OAPs.

These offences included one in 1998 committed against an 88-year-old woman.

The court was told Lacey’s latest attack has had a devastating effect on his victim. Judge Simon Lawler QC said she must have felt ‘absolute horror’ at being groped by Lacey.

Heather Gilmore, prosecuting, said the woman was visiting her son when Lacey went into the flat, despite being told not to.

He helped her take off her coat and sexually assaulted her.

Miss Gilmore said: “He was making comments such as he would like to take her to bed.”

The pensioner then found her purse on the floor, missing £50.

Amanda Denton, defending, said Lacey suffers from learning difficulties as well as ‘psycho-sexual issues’.

Judge Lawler said: “One can only imagine her feeling of absolute horror at this happening in her own son’s home and to steal from an 84-year-old lady is mean and makes it worse.

“This was a vulnerable lady who, because of your behaviour, has been deterred from visiting her son. She has been extremely upset and disturbed.”

Lacey admitted sexual assault and theft and was jailed for 18 months for sexual assault and six months for theft, to run consecutively.

He was given a sexual offences prevention order and will have to report to police indefinitely on his release.