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Burglar jailed for sexual assault

Leon Turay
Leon Turay was part of a three-man team of burglars

A burglar who broke into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her has been jailed for at least six years.

Leon Turay, 26, was part of a three-man gang who broke into Hertfordshire homes, St Albans Crown Court heard.

During an incident in a village near Hemel Hempstead last March, Turay attacked the woman in her bedroom and sexually assaulted her, jurors heard.

Turay, of Oakfield Close, Luton, who was convicted at a trial last month, was given an indeterminate sentence.

The court heard the three men got into the woman's home because the door had not been locked properly.

'Dangerous man'

Once inside, computer equipment, cash and jewellery were taken and Turay assaulted the woman, the court heard.

Turay was found guilty of aggravated burglary and sexual assault at the trial, during which the woman gave evidence.

Judge John Plumstead said: "It was a cruelty to her by making her give evidence."

He added: "You have amply demonstrated that you are a dangerous man."

His name will be added to the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Paul Crampin, defending Turay, said while on remand in prison his client had taken a number of courses so that eventually on his release he could become a law-abiding citizen.

Turay's co-defendants were also jailed.

Jason Witty, 30, of Five Springs, Luton, was sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated burglary and Trevor Dowling, 26, from Leabank, Luton, received two years two months for burglary.

They had earlier pleaded guilty to the burglary at the house.

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