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A man has been sentenced to seven and a half years for the serious sexual assault of a woman in Norwich.

Paul Bamforth, aged 62 of Jasmine Court, Attleborough has been sentenced to seven and a half years in custody as well as eight years on license for sexual assault by penetration and robbery. He appeared at Norwich Crown Court today (Monday 25 September 2023) after previously pleading guilty to both offences.

This sentencing follows an incident on 16 June 2023, at around 11.45pm, when Bamforth approached a woman who was walking home from a night out in Norwich city centre. Bamforth grabbed the victim on Wherry Road, Norwich and pushed her to the ground before sexually assaulting her and stealing her underwear.

A victim impact statement, read aloud in court, detailed the effect Bamforth’s assault has had on her life: ‘Although physically I survived, mentally it has destroyed me. I no longer recognise myself, I feel numb and dead inside’.  

Today, he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

Senior Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Joyce said: “Bamforth is a dangerous sexual predator who has now been removed from our streets for a considerable length of time.  

“No sentence of any length will heal the mental wounds caused by Bamforth. His victim will have to live with his actions for the rest of her life. I do, however, hope that today will mark the next step in her healing process and provide her with some closure.

“I would like to reassure the community that this type of offending is a rare occurrence in Norfolk. As a police force, we are dedicated to supporting victims of sexual assault and will continue to work to put these offenders behind bars.”

Victims of sexual offences who live in Norfolk can contact the Harbour Centre for free, 24/7 support on 01603 276381.

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