Burglar pleads guilty to sex attack on woman, aged 71

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A knife-wielding burglar who sexually assaulted a 71-year-old pensioner is awaiting his inevitable jail sentence.

Martin Holmes admitted aggravated burglary and two counts of sexual assault when he appeared from custody at Hull Crown Court.

The 52-year-old, of Machon Bank, Nether Edge, threatened his 71-year-old victim with a knife, stole money and jewellery, and then sexually assaulted her in the horror attack at a house in Norton Lees on March 17.

He has been remanded in custody while a pre-sentence report is prepared.

Daniel Jones, for Holmes, said Holmes had no previous psychiatric problems. He has previous convictions for a number of different offences, but nothing of a sexual nature.

Judge Mark Bury said he would reserve the case to himself and wanted guidance from the Crown over whether this was an aggravated burglary which turned sexual or vice versa.

He told Holmes: “You will understand this offence was very serious.

“Only a custodial sentence of some significance can be imposed.

“The only thing I want to consider is whether you are a dangerous offender. I am going to order a pre-sentence report.”

Holmes was remanded in custody until his sentencing on July 17.


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