Man sentenced for attempted rape at Lancashire nursing home


A 19-year-old man has been sentenced for the attempted rape of a nursing home resident.

Josh Howarth was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after admitting attempted rape, the BBC reported.

Judge Lloyd sentenced Mr Howarth to six years and nine months at a Young Offenders Institution with an additional three years and three months on licence.

Mr Howarth, who was described as “predatory and dangerous” was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register and subject to a Sexual Prevention Order.

The court heard how the teenager broke through the ground floor window of New Thursby Nursing Home in Lytham St Annes, which is operated by Century Healthcare, at 5am on 4 August.

He fled through the same window after being disturbed by a staff member and was later arrested following a manhunt.

The victim of the teenager’s attack died in October due to unrelated causes.

Det Insp Jamie Lillystone, Lancashire Police, said: “This was a sickening attack on a vulnerable elderly lady at a place where she should have felt safe.

“Howarth went to great lengths to break into her bedroom and had intentions of carrying out the most despicable crime.

“The only consolation is that he was disturbed by a member of staff, but nonetheless this was an extremely traumatic experience.”

CHP has contacted Century Healthcare for comment.

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