Sex Assault Victim Asks for Public's Help

 The victim of a sex assault is today appealing for help from the public to identify the man who sexually assaulted her in her own home.

The woman was at home in Robin Drive, Ipswich when shortly before 9.30pm Sunday 5th June a man unknown to her let himself in and sexually assaulted her.

The man is described as white, aged mid 40s, about 5’5” tall, average build and was wearing a navy blue fleece and navy blue trousers.  He smelt of alcohol and tobacco at the time of the incident.

The victim who wishes to remain anonymous said, “I was so scared on the night of the attack that I thought I was going to die.  The police have been doing all they can but have been unable to identify the offender.  I appeal to anyone who might be able to identify the man that came into my home that night and attacked me to get in touch with the police immediately.

“I also ask anyone who has suffered a similar attack to come forward and contact the police as any information they have could be important.

“I am still very shaken up over what happened and have been suffering from panic attacks.  It is affecting my life and I’m scared I won’t be able to move on from it.  I think I will only be able to move on when this man has been caught.  I also desperately want the man caught to prevent what happened to me from happening to anyone else.

“If you think you may know something then please call the police.  You may think it’s trivial but it could be just the piece of information the police are looking for.

“I would like to thank the police for all they are doing for me.  They have been fantastic.  I am hoping that my appeal will help the police find my attacker." 

Detectives are also renewing their appeal for information as the two-week anniversary of the incident approaches.

DCI Nick Bennett from Ipswich CID who is leading the investigation said, “I commend the bravery of the victim of this nasty incident in coming forward and appealing for help.  I appreciate this is a very difficult time for her and we are doing all we can to support her at this difficult time: “We continue to urge anyone who recognises the man from the description, who has seen a man with recent scratch marks to his face, arms, or hands or who has any information about this incident to contact us without delay.”

Anyone who was in the area around the time this incident occurred or who has any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.