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12 November 2018, 16:39 | Updated: 12 November 2018, 16:41
A man who sexually assaulted a woman in Colchester while high on cocaine has been jailed.
Charlie Bowyer, 26, of Lukin Crescent, East London pleaded guilty to a number of offences following an incident in the in the Greenstead area on May 21.
He entered a house in the early hours of the morning and climbed into bed with the victim.
Bowyer, who was found naked in a nearby street after being chased away by a family member of the victim, was arrested and charged with a number of offences.
He appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on May 23 where he entered no plea.
He then appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on June 20 where he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual touching, trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence, possession of a class A drug and possession of a class B drug.
He was sentenced to three years for each count of sexual touching and three and a half years in relation to count three of trespass.
Bowyer was also handed a 14 day and seven day term for the drugs possession charges.
He was remanded for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court today, November 12.
Detective Constable Trevor Clark from Colchester CID said: “I would like to praise the bravery of the woman who found herself in a very frightening situation.
“Bowyer entered the property after consuming a vast quantity of cocaine and alcohol. He got into bed with the victim, who was asleep and when she woke she found him on top of her.
“She managed to shout and got the attention of a family member who was in the house, and was able to call the police.
“In interview, Bowyer claimed not to have had any intention of harming the victim, however, his actions have caused distress and it is not something that anyone could come to terms with easily.
“I do hope though that by bringing Bowyer to justice, the victims feels some closure and it help s her move on.”
Bowyer has also been placed indefinitely on the sex offenders register and a restraining order has been imposed for an indefinite period.
A £170 victim surcharge will also be paid.