Man admits sexual assault on pensioner

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A man has pleaded guilty to raping and sexually assaulting a pensioner he befriended while out shopping in Preston city centre.

Anthony Kelly, 34, admitted committing the offences against the man, who has learning difficulties, after he was discovered by police officers sleeping naked in the man’s flat.

Kelly, of Brook Street, Preston, appeared at Preston Crown Court to answer to charges of rape, sexual assault and common assault.

It is understood he approached the man and struck up a conversation with him before following him home to his supported accommodation, where he attacked him.

Following the attack, the 63-year-old victim, who can not be identified for legal reasons, ran out of his flat and told his support worker what had happened.

The support worker alerted the police and when officers arrived at the man’s flat they found Kelly, sleeping naked in an armchair.

Kelly was arrested at the scene and in interview said he knew his victim.

However the pensioner claimed not to know the man who had assaulted him and insisted the sexual activity had taken place without his consent.

Kelly has been remanded in custody and will return to Preston Crown Court on March 20 where he will be sentenced.