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A Kingsbridge man has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for a sexual assault on Christmas Day.
Luke Edwards, 33, of Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge, received 22 months imprisonment with 102 days reduction to that sentence for the days he was subject to home tagged curfew.
The Judge also ordered a five-year Restraining Order and Edwards is subject to Sex Offenders Registration for 10 years when he appeared at Plymouth Crown Court on Friday, 29 July.
The court heard how in the early hours of Monday 26 December 2021, Edwards entered the property in Kingsbridge without consent and got into bed with the occupier. He then went on to sexually assault her. The woman woke up and alerted her partner who was in the bed next to her.
Edwards fled the scene and was arrested shortly after and charged with sexual assault.
Lead officer DC Emma Dobson said: “It is chilling that a young woman was sexually assaulted in her own home whilst asleep in bed. Edwards took the opportunity to gain entry during the early hours of the morning and sexually assaulted the victim.
“Whilst crimes of this nature are rare, we want to reassure the public that all efforts will be made to bring offenders to justice for offences of this nature.
“Violence against women and girls is taken extremely seriously by Devon and Cornwall Police. We commend the victim’s resilience and support throughout the investigation, and we urge any victims to please come forward and talk to us.
“We have specially trained officers who work closely with partner organisations to provide support to victims and witnesses through every step of the process, from the time or reporting right thought to the trial and beyond.”
If you require help or assistance relating to rape or abuse please take a look at the list of helplines below.
In an emergency always call 999 and in a non-emergency please visit www.dc.police.uk/contact.
National Rape Crisis Helpline: 0808 802 9999Devon and Cornwall Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC): 0300 3034626Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Independent Sexual Advisor Service: 03458 121212Victim Care Unit: 01392 475900Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services: 01392 204 174
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