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Tuesday 22 May 2012

Crewe pensioner behind bars for attack on teenager

Jack Heath

A pensioner who carried out a bizarre and frightening attack on a teenage girl as she walked her dog is behind bars.

Jack Heath (61) from Sycamore Avenue in Crewe pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding and sexual assault at an earlier hearing.

On 18 May 2012 he was sentenced to 10 years and four months for the section 18 assault and three years for sexual assault which are to run concurrently.He is subject to a Sex Offender Prevention Order (SOPO) for life and is to be on the Sex Offenders register for life.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 27 December 2011, Heath subjected his 13-year-old victim to a sexual assault and a potentially life threatening knife attack while trying to take an indecent photograph of her.

He had over time befriended her and earlier that day had promised a treat for her dog. On her way past his home again she went onto his drive expecting the treat when, without warning, she was attacked by Heath.

He grabbed hold of her and tried to get her in the house. He put his hand inside her top and touched her breast with one hand whilst trying to take a photo with a camera he was holding in the other.

He then grabbed a knife from of the top of a dustbin as she struggled.

She tried to escape but he grabbed her by the wrist and slashed her arm with the knife. He then did this again on her other wrist and tried to stab her in the chest.

DC Rob Lees from the Eastern Public Protection Unit said: "This was a terrifying attack on a young girl. She really thought he was trying to kill her. She bravely fought back and when her dog bit him she managed to escape.

"She was treated for lacerations to her arms, fingers, shoulder and head.

"Fortunately she did not require serious medical intervention."

DC Lees added: "What Heath did was shocking and beyond reproach. We have been supporting the young victim and her family through this difficult time and hope the sentence will help them in their recovery from this horrifying ordeal.

"I would like to reassure the community that this type of incident is rare and that Heath will be under strict conditions to prevent him from re-offending.

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