Man who broke into house in Halstead is jailed for three years
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A man has been jailed for three years after breaking into a woman’s home in Halstead with intent to commit a sexual offence.
Lewis Caruth, 31, of Highland Road, Upper Norwood, was originally charged with three offences following the break-in on Sunday, May 19.
He was acquitted of two charges but found guilty of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, November 1.
He was jailed for three years and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely.
He was also given a restraining order for four years.
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Investigating Officer, DC Gavin Tuck of Chelmsford's Domestic Abuse Investigations Team, said: "Caruth turned up the address uninvited and let himself in before startling a friend of the victim, who saw him walking around the house."
"I would like to thank the victim, witness and her family for their support throughout this case."
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"Caruth has continued to deny the offence but he was found guilty by a jury and has been sent to prison."
The woman, who wished not to be named, said: "I wish to add my thanks to the officer in the case, the police and the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service, who have supported me throughout this case. I want to add that if you are a victim of domestic violence or a sexual offence, or both, there is fantastic help and support available for you."