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Bicester sex assaults burglar Ashley Blossom jailed

Ashley Blossom
Image caption Ashley Blossom must sign the sexual offenders register for 10 years

A burglar who sexually assaulted a woman and a girl as they slept has been jailed for two years.

Ashley Blossom carried out the assaults during raids on two houses on the Southwold estate in Bicester in April.

Oxford Crown Court heard he touched the breasts of his victims, aged 16 and 55, over their clothes and stole items worth more than £600, including a laptop.

Blossom, 27, admitted two counts of burglary and sexual assault in June.

'Can't explain crimes'

The court heard Blossom. of Lime Crescent, Bicester, had been drinking heavily in the hours leading up to the burglaries in the early hours of 6 April.

A letter written by him was read out in court, in which he pleaded for forgiveness for crimes that he "could not explain" and which he claimed were "out of character".

He was arrested after his housemate at the time, Bethany Green, tried to sell a number of the stolen items at a branch of Cash Converters, the court was told.

Green, 21, of no fixed address, admitted receiving stolen goods.

She was sentenced on 24 July at the same court to a 12-month community order with supervision and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Blossom, who was ordered to sign the sexual offenders register for 10 years and pay a £100 victim surcharge, has already served the equivalent of eight months on remand, which will count towards his sentence.

He is expected to serve the last six months on licence.

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