A youngster who tried to rape an aged woman in a ‘sickening attack’ as she lay in her nursing home mattress has been jailed.
Josh Howarth, 18, broke by way of a floor flooring window to attempt to assault his susceptible sufferer – in her 80s – in the early hours of August 4.
He was disturbed by a member of employees at New Thursby Nursing Home in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, at round 5am and fled the scene – sparking a significant manhunt.
He was arrested on suspicion of tried rape however his sufferer by no means noticed Howarth introduced to justice as she died on October 24. Her loss of life was not associated to the assault.
Howarth was jailed for practically seven years at Preston Crown Court yesterday with one other three years and three months on licence.
He was additionally ordered to signal the intercourse offenders’ register and made topic to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Detective Inspector Jamie Lillystone of Lancashire Police mentioned: ‘This was a sickening assault on a susceptible aged girl at a spot the place she ought to have felt protected.
‘Howarth went to nice lengths to break into her bed room and had intentions of finishing up essentially the most despicable crime.
‘The solely comfort is that he was disturbed by a member of employees, however nonetheless this was an especially traumatic expertise.
‘Haworth’s actions have been predatory and harmful. He will now spend a big period of time behind bars.’
The sufferer’s loss of life was confirmed by Tom Askew, basic supervisor at Century Healthcare Ltd, which operates the New Thursby Nursing Home.
DI Lillystone added: ‘Sadly the sufferer shouldn’t be right here to see justice being served right now in the type of a prolonged custodial sentence, however I hope the result goes a way to giving her household some peace and closure.
‘I commend them for their bravery throughout the whole process.’