A MAN who sexually assaulted a 92-year-old woman has walked free from court.
John Elliot was found guilty by a jury after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court of sexually assaulting the pensioner.
For some reason, known only to you, you decided to squeeze her breasts which caused her some pain and a great deal of anxietyJudge Ian Pearson
But a judge handed him a two-year jail term suspended for two years meaning 62-year-old Elliot did not go to jail.
Judge Ian Pearson said the victim was vulnerable.
Sentencing Elliot, of Green Road, Southsea, Judge Pearson said: ‘You have no previous convictions which is significant so far as a person of your age is concerned.
‘You were convicted after a full trial so no credit can be given to you as you didn’t plead guilty.
‘The victim in question was 92 years old, she was infirm.
‘For some reason, known only to you, you decided to squeeze her breasts which caused her some pain and a great deal of anxiety.
‘It must have been a frightening incident for someone in the victim’s position.
‘It’s had a significant effect on her life still.
‘The report suggested you are partially in denial but you do accept some guilt it seems.’
He added: ‘This was a singular incident so therefore apart from your fairly odd behaviour in relation to some other persons it’s out of character so far as offences are concerned.’
Elliot has been assessed by probation as a low risk of reoffending, the court heard.
He was found guilty after a trial on August 28. He committed the offence in Waterlooville in June last year.
Speaking after the hearing, Detective Inspector Martin Chudley said: ‘This was a serious offence on a vulnerable victim and we are pleased the offender has been brought to justice.
‘We would like to thank the victim and her family for the courage they have shown in supporting the police investigation.’
Elliot must also complete two years supervision and pay £1,200 prosecution costs.
Fern Russell, defending, said: ‘It’s right to say that certainly since conviction and in discussion with him he does understand the way he’s engaging isn’t appropriate.’
She added: ‘He’s not going to come into contact with other elderly females in the future.’