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Last Updated: Friday, 25 August 2006, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Attacker of 87-year-old is jailed
A builder who attempted to rape an 87-year-old woman in her Lincoln home has been jailed for eight years.

Stephen Rowe, from Newark Road in Lincoln, attacked the woman after calling to give her a quote for work in March and forcing her into the bedroom.

Rowe, who had denied the charges, was acquitted of rape at the trial at Lincoln Crown Court last month, but found guilty of attempted rape.

The 45-year-old had claimed he was set up by the woman.

Rowe's defence said he had started drinking after the death of his baby son.

'Frail and vulnerable'

The victim has since written to Rowe in prison expressing her forgiveness.

Judge Michael Heath told Rowe: "She has found it in her heart to forgive you but I don't.

"You are 5ft 11in tall and weighed between 16 and 17 stone. Your victim was an 87-year-old widow, frail and vulnerable who lived alone."

Rowe was also described as a danger to women and put on the sex offenders' register for life.

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