Wiltshire man sentenced at Swindon Crown Court after sexually assaulting an elderly woman at a care home


A 73-year-old Wiltshire man has been jailed for 32 months after admitting to sexually assaulting an elderly woman at a care home in the Pewsey area. 

Today (Tuesday 14 November 2017), David Harrod – also from the Pewsey area – was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court after admitting the offence last month.  

The assault took place in April this year. 

Following the sentencing PC Jayne Wilby, who lead the investigation, said:  “Firstly, I want to commend the bravery of the elderly victim and her family in coming forward and speaking to us.

“This has clearly been a very disturbing and upsetting time for her and her family.  

“By reporting this,  it allowed us to thoroughly investigate this incident, with the help of our partner agencies, to successful prosecute this man.  

“I hope this sentence goes some way to getting justice for the victim as well as helping her and her family achieve some closure so they can move on with their lives. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who may have been a victim of sex abuse, regardless of how much time has passed, to report it to police. 

“We will investigate, provide you with the full support you need, and do all that we can to bring to justice offenders like Harrod.” 

Please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary – they can be contacted on the 24-hour helpline 0808 168 0024.

Harrod was given a further 10 months, to run consecutively, for breaking the suspended sentence order from his previous conviction.

He was also given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, put on the sex offenders register indefinitely, and told to pay a £170 victim surcharge.