Delivery driver, 69, given hospital order after attempted rape
- Credit: Archant
A delivery driver was given a hospital order after sexually assaulting a woman he delivered medication to in Colchester.
Dennis Reed, 69, of Sydney Street, Colchester, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 15, after pleading guilty to attempted rape, three counts of sexual assault and one count of common assault at an earlier hearing.
Reed will also spend the rest of his life on the sex offenders register.
In a statement read out in court, the victim said she “still felt Reed’s presence in my home” and that she still feels compelled to check he is not in the house when she moves from room to room.
The attacks occurred between August and September 2018 after Reed copied a key for the victim’s front door so that he could let himself in to her home.
The offences were reported to police on September 21 and Reed was arrested the same day.
Investigating officer DC Nicola Kelly, of the north sexual abuse investigation team, said: “I cannot commend the victim enough for being brave enough to tell someone, and tell us, about the assaults on her by Reed.
- 1 A12 reopens after air ambulance called to three-lorry crash
- 2 £1.5million project set to turn north Essex towns into giant gaming areas
- 3 Weather warning for Suffolk as thunderstorms expected to affect travel
- 4 Police release picture of man after dog walker threatened in Sudbury
- 5 Suffolk campsite named among the best in the UK by the Guardian
- 6 Town take up option on Tyreece Simpson... plus two other youngsters update
- 7 New curator appointed at Suffolk tourist attraction
- 8 School apologises for GCSE paper error as it falls to inadequate
- 9 Andy Warren: Why keeping Sam Morsy is vital for Ipswich Town
- 10 Plans for 115 homes in village gets backing to move forward
“Reed knowingly targeted a very vulnerable woman and abused her trust in an abhorrent way.
“I am pleased that this detainment means that he will be unable to reoffend.”