Man denies sexually assaulting woman with severe learning difficulties

Robert Hinder of Stonehouse - on trial for breaking into a woman's home and molesting her as she lay in bed

Robert Hinder of Stonehouse - on trial for breaking into a woman's home and molesting her as she lay in bed

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A 33-YEAR-OLD father has gone on trial accused of entering a property and sexually assaulting a woman with severe learning difficulties while she slept.

Robert Hinder, of Meadow Road, Stonehouse, appeared before a jury at Gloucester Crown Court on Monday accused of sexual trespass, a charge he denies.

It is alleged that he entered the woman’s home at 5am on May 18 last year and sexually assaulted her.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said footprints from a pair of Hinder’s boots were found on the window sill.

“It is the Crown’s case that the defendant climbed through her bedroom window while she slept and sexually assaulted her,” said Mr Kesner.

The defendant is then alleged to have jumped out of the window.

Mr Kesner explained that the alleged victim gave three different accounts of what Hinder was alleged to have done to her.

“The Crown cannot say with any certainty what sexual act took place but there is a consistency in her accounts that he entered her bedroom and sexually assaulted her,” he said.

“Common sense tells us that he had gone into her bedroom to sexually assault her.”

The trial continues.

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