Eastbourne man sentenced for sex assault on woman in Worthing nearly eight years ago

A man now living in Eastbourne has been given a prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman at a flat where he previously lived in Worthing nearly eight years ago.

Robert Brown-Percival, 50, unemployed, now of Colonnade Gardens, Eastbourne, was given a 28-month sentence at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday 16 February, having admitted at a previous hearing the sexual assault on the 21-year-old woman when she had visited his flat in Eriswell Road, Worthing, one night in July 2014.

Brown-Percival will also be a registered sex offender for ten years.

Detective Constable Andy Roe of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "Brown-Percival had got to know the victim as they were both working at the same place in Worthing. That night a group of friends had gone back to his flat after a meal and he took advantage of the victim's vulnerability to assault her while she was asleep, for his own gratification.

"The incident was reported to us in the following month but by that time Brown-Percival had left his address and disappeared, and was not tracked down until three years later, living in Eastbourne.

"However the victim is grateful that he has now faced justice. We will always try to ensure that such offenders are brought before the courts.

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