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Sex attacker, 66, told his victim — I could rape you

A SEX attacker deliberately and cynically exploited an underage girl he indecently assaulted, a court heard.

Paul Albansen’s victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was so traumatised by her ordeal she did not feel able to speak out for more than 20 years.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard during one attack on her at his home, Albansen told the victim: ‘I could rape you if I wanted to. No-one is here, no-one will know.’

Now the 66-year-old has been jailed for four years after a jury convicted him of two indecent assaults dating back to the 1980s.

The court heard Albansen met the victim, who was then a teenager, when she went to stay with a family friend following problems at home, for which she was not to blame.

Albansen, of Fraser Road, Southsea, was 38 and in some form of a relationship with the woman the victim went to stay with at the time he committed the crimes.

He is said to have groomed her within the space of a week and then indecently assaulted her. On one occasion Albansen attacked the girl when he took her to his bedsit.

Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘She must have been absolutely terrified that she was going to be raped.

‘She pleaded with you not to.’ The court heard Albansen eventually gave up.

Judge Munro QC said of the victim: ‘She felt completely humiliated. She was in an impossible situation as you knew, and she did not tell anyone because of the situation at home, and no doubt because she thought she might not be believed.’

The court heard Albansen has no relevant previous convictions and suffers from ill-health.

Ordering him to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, Judge Munro QC said: ‘You identified her vulnerability at an early stage and you very deliberately and cynically exploited it.’

 
 
 

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