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Man admits attempted rape of 92-year-old woman

Cyril Hewitt arrives at court
Image caption Odd job man Cyril Hewitt was told by the judge the offence would attract a custodial sentence

An 81-year-old man from Bedfordshire has admitted the attempted rape of a 92-year-old woman in her home in 2000.

Cyril Hewitt, of Hawthorn Way, Silsoe, attacked Gertrude Lang, who died in November 2005, when he was aged 70.

Odd job man Hewitt had a previous conviction for a sexual offence in 1946, Luton Crown Court heard.

He attacked Mrs Lang at her flat in Katherine Court, Ampthill, on 7 January 2000. He was identified after DNA was re-examined in a cold case review.

Not guilty pleas, made at an earlier hearing, to charges of indecent assault, robbery and having an imitation weapon were accepted by prosecutor Camilla De Silva.

Christopher Strachan, defending, said: "This is a highly unusual case. His last sexual offence was in 1946."

Judge Michael Kay QC adjourned the hearing for a sex offences report to be prepared. He told Hewitt: "This kind of offence attracts a custodial sentence."

Hewitt was released on bail until sentencing on 14 December. He was made to sign the sex offenders register.

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