Man who barged into woman's flat jailed for sex assault

Nicholas Shepherd appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing

Gatis Heinrihsons was jailed for seven years at Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A man who sexually assaulted a woman in her Colchester flat after "barging" his way inside has been jailed for seven years.

Gatis Heinrihsons, 37, of Woodside Close, Colchester, was convicted of sexual assault by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court in February after a week-long trial.

He had denied the charge.

In addition to being jailed, he was banned from contacting the victim or going to her home and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

During the trial, the court heard Heinrihsons had “barged” into the woman’s flat and pushed her onto a sofa before lifting up her dress and touching her sexually in August last year.

During the assault the woman was “screaming blue murder” and repeatedly told him to get off her, said Claire Matthews, prosecuting.

A neighbour who was awoken around 1am also described hearing a “distressed scream” and a woman shouting “get off me”.

The jury was played footage from a doorbell security camera during the trial and the woman could be heard screaming before Heinrihsons was seen leaving the flat.

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Giving evidence during his trial Heinrihsons claimed the woman had consented to what took place.