16th Jul, 2019

Pervert pensioner abused alcoholic woman in her own home

Correspondent 4th Mar, 2017

A PERVERT pensioner who sexually abused an alcoholic woman in her own home after posing as a Good Samaritan when he saw her outside Warwick Hospital has been jailed.

Ivan Manning had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to sexually assaulting the 35-year-old Warwick woman.

Manning, 73, of Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry, was jailed for ten months and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Prosecutor Rebecca Wade said in October 2015 the woman, who had a chronic alcohol problem and had been drinking over the previous ten days, turned up at Warwick Hospital in the late evening to seek some help.

But staff would not admit her, and as she stood outside smoking a cigarette and waiting for a taxi, Manning approached her and offered her a lift home.

Believing he was acting as a Good Samaritan, she accepted his offer, but when they got to her home he asked her for a kiss.

He then left, saying he would visit her the following day, and after he had gone she got a taxi to go to buy more drink.

Manning returned to her home at some time on October 5, and she opened the door and allowed him in.

But when she then went upstairs, he followed her and, although she cannot recall how, she ended up naked on her bed, and the the pensioner sexually abused her.

The woman’s key worker turned up and ushered him downstairs, and when he went back up to speak to her she told him Manning had been kissing her all over her body.

The police were called, and Manning, who had remained at the address, was arrested.

Miss Wade added the woman says she was vulnerable and that Manning had taken advantage of her, adding that it disgusts her that he had done what he did at a time when she was in no fit state to protect herself.

William Douglas-Jones, defending, said the offence was ‘entirely out of character’ for Manning who was the carer for his wife, who suffers from severe diabetes and cannot dress or bathe herself.

He pointed out that there was a recommendation in the pre-sentence report on Manning for an alternative to custody, adding that to jail him would deprive his wife of her carer.

But jailing Manning, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: “You are 73, you have never been previously convicted, and people speak well of you as a man of good character.

“But you have to understand, and I believe you do, that what you did here was a wicked thing.”

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