Dad of 7 jailed for sex attack on office worker

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A father of seven who boasts of receiving a lot of attention from women, has been jailed for sexually assaulting an office worker.

Paul Lilley followed the woman through Bedford and then attacked her. He has been jailed for 46 weeks.

But although he pleaded guilty in front of a jury he is now claiming to be innocent.

Lilley, 44 was told it would be up to the Court of Appeal to decide if he could challenge his guilty plea.

Lilley, a cleaner of Applecross Walk, Bedford had originally denied sexually assaulting the woman on Aug 26 last year in Goldington Road, Bedford.

A jury were sworn in to hear the trial, and watched the cctv footage of him following the woman from the town centre after her lunch hour.

They also saw a video of the evidence the woman had given to police, but before she could be cross examined Lilley told his legal representative that he wanted to plead guilty.

The charge was put to him again and he pleaded guilty.

But today when he returned to Luton Crown Court to be sentenced Mr Tim Nutley, defending said Lilley now maintained he was not guilty, and said the matter could only be dealt with by the Court of Appeal.

Edward Renvoize, prosecuting said Lilley had given himself in to police after a press appeal showed a still from the cctv footage.

But he claimed he had followed the woman because he mistakenly thought he knew her, but denied putting his hand up her skirt and touching her groin.

Judge Michael Kay QC said: “This was a very frightening experience for the woman. She was very emotional and reported the matter immediately.

“Your actions in following her until she was in a secluded place indicate to me predatory and planned behaviour. You effectively stalked her.

“Your defence seems ridiculous, because you could have shouted to her or caught up with her at any time while other people were about.

“The pre sentence report presents a troubling picture. You have fathered seven children by five different woman, and it says you looked rather pleased with yourself when you said you receive a lot of attention from women. I am concerned about your attitude.”

Lilley must also sign the sex offenders’ register for the next ten years.