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A man who is a “danger to women” has been jailed for seven and a half years after being sentenced at Hull Crown Court last week.
Stephen Clavering (45), of Hull, denied the charges of sexual assault, causing actual bodily harm, trespass with intent to commit sexual assault and sending offensive messages. Clavering did admit to a further charge of assaulting a police officer.
Clavering was accused in relation to a series of events beginning in 2020, when he began sending a woman voice messages which became increasingly sexualised and threatening.
He then visited the victim at home, where she was asleep, and sexually assaulted her. The victim managed to struggle free and eventually seek help from a neighbour.
At a trial in May, a jury convicted Clavering of all charges.
Investigating officer DS Gary Mathews said: “I am pleased with the lengthy sentence handed out to Clavering. He put his victim through a terrifying ordeal, and I would like to praise the victim’s strength and conduct throughout the judicial process.
“It cannot have been easy to have lived with this hanging over them for two years, but they have handled themselves impeccably.
“Clavering tried to exert control over his victim and his bullying quickly escalated into a terrifying confrontation in the victim’s own bedroom, where anyone should feel safest.
“I hope the victim feels reassured that Clavering is off the streets for a long time and can no longer cause her or other women harm.
“If you have been a victim of a sexual offence, we will listen to you and will do everything we can to put those responsible before the courts.
“There are multiple ways to report offences of this nature and it will always be treated with sensitivity. You can report it directly to the police or speak to one of our partner charities or organisations if that feels more comfortable for you.
”However you tell us, we will listen and we will investigate.”
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, said: “Clavering is a danger to women and is now facing a long prison sentence.”
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