'You may face jail' sex attacker is told
A JUDGE has ordered pre-sentence reports on a Mid Devon man who admitted sexually assaulting a woman.
Jason Windsor, 35, changed his plea on the first day of a trial which was due to start at Exeter Crown Court yesterday.
Windsor, of Barnfield, Crediton, admitted sexual assault by intentionally touching a woman without her consent in the town centre in July 2011.
Judge Phillip Wassall adjourned the case for a probation pre-sentence reports and ordered Windsor to sign on the Sex Offenders' Register. He granted him bail on condition he did not contact the victim.
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David Evans, defending, said his client had changed his plea following a conference and in time to prevent the witnesses having to go to court.
He said: "The starting point for this kind of sexual assault in the sentencing guidelines is a community order, with a range which goes no higher than a non custodial sentence.
"There is a previous matter but it was 17 years ago and the court would be helped by a pre-sentence report. He has a long term partner and three sons."
Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said: "This is a case where it is not just the offence itself the court will need to be concerned about, but the background as well."
The Judge told Windsor: "You have pleaded guilty on the day of your trial for sexual assault. I am told the complainant was informed on Friday so at least she has not spent the weekend concerned about having to come to court to give evidence.
"I do need a pre-sentence report. Although the guidelines indicate a community penalty, they apply to a person of previous good character, which you are not.
"I need a report to help to decide if this is a case where it is appropriate to sentence within the guidelines or outside them because of your previous conviction.
"If you are sentenced within the guidelines the court will have to look at the appropriate community penalty, but all sentencing options remain open, including custody."