Rapist jailed for sex attacks

Andrew Richardson.
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A WINDOW cleaner followed a severely disabled woman home and sexually assaulted her before he returned the next day and raped her.

Andrew Richardson, 31, has been jailed indefinitely for public protection after he admitted taking advantage of his “extremely vulnerable” victim who he met on Morecambe promenade.

Richardson pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault at an earlier hearing but initially lied to detectives that sex had been consensual between the pair.

Duncan Birrell, prosecuting, said the woman aged in her 50s had been out walking her dog on June 18 when Richardson approached her and struck up a conversation.

He exposed himself to her and then followed her home where he effectively forced himself in and then sexually assaulted her.

Richardson went back to her home the next day and again put his foot in the door as she opened it.

He went on to rape her and the ordeal only stopped when the woman’s care support worker called round.

Richardson lied that he was a relative and left the address before the victim was found upstairs in her bath.

Michael Hayton, defending, said his client had lived a good life up until the collapse of his relationship with his long-term partner and mother of his child.He lost his job as a manager at an estate agent in Morecambe through heavy drinking and had then set up his own window cleaning business.

“It is obvious that the breakdown of his partnership was so important to him that he has found himself at the very lowest of ebbs and to behaviour very much out of character,” he said.

The court also heard that Richardson had taken to chatting up older women on the streets of the town before the sex attacks.

Mr Hayton said although the offences were “extremely serious” they could be treated as “a one-off” as he argued for a determinate sentence.

Judge Wright disagreed and said Richardson should serve at least four years behind bars before he could be considered for parole.

Addressing the defendant, he said: “It must have been apparent to you that she was someone suffering from severe disabilities and you took advantage of that.”

He said the first assault must have been an ordeal for the victim but “little did she know she was going to subjected to an greater ordeal the next day”.

He concluded that the absence of information on what triggered the offences meant he could not be satisfied that Richardson posed no significant risk to the public in future.

Richardson also pleaded guilty to stealing a small amount of money from the woman on June 18 and was given eight months jail, to run concurrently.

Detective Constable Ciara Campbell of Lancaster CID, said: “Richardson preyed on his victim, knowing that she was vulnerable. After carrying out one attack, he returned to carry out an even more horrific offence. A dangerous individual has been removed from our streets.”