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Suspended jail sentence for man guilty of sexual assault

A man has been sentenced for sexually assaulting and biting a woman in Chichester.

 

Andy Bell, 38, of Richmond Road, Chichester, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court to 14 months in jail, suspended for two years, for sexual assault and assault causing actual bodily harm at.

 

On Saturday, February 23, last year, the victim, who is known to Bell, was approached by him at a location in Market Road after he had spent the evening drinking. He repeatedly asked her to go home with him, which she declined.

 

He then proceeded to bite the woman’s leg and arm several times, causing significant bruising. He also touched her chest area over her clothes.

 

She promptly reported the incident to police. Bell was arrested and, after police obtained witness statements, photographic evidence of the bite marks and CCTV footage, he was charged. Bell pleaded guilty to the charges.

 

Detective Police Constable Jo French of West Sussex Investigations at Chichester, said: “This was a horrible ordeal for the victim and we thank her for her bravery in coming forwards to tell police about what happened.

 

“The assault caused her significant physical pain and also subjected her to totally unnecessary distress.

 

“We hope this prosecution encourages victims of sexual crimes to report it to us.”

 

Bell was sentenced to 14 months for sexual assault and 14 months for assault causing actual bodily harm to be served concurrently, to be suspended for two years.

 

He was also ordered to complete 250 hours’ unpaid work, pay £750 compensation to the victim, issued with a five year restraining order and ordered to sign on the sex offenders register for ten years.

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