A DELIVERY driver sexually assaulted a woman after dropping off an order at her flat.

Alino Basanga was working for DHL when he took the medical items to the Herefordshire home.

The dad of four was found not guilty of rape but convicted of sexual assault by a jury.

Hereford Crown Court was told the woman had a mental disorder and was vulnerable.

His Honour Daniel Pearce-Higgins told Basanga he had been fortunate not to face a charge of attempted rape when he jailed him for three-and-a-half years.

The judge said at last Friday's hearing that while the victim may have been friendly when she answered the door, she certainly showed "no interest in sexual relations".

"You became aware that she was disadvantaged by her mental disorder and was vulnerable and easily led," he told Basanga.

"You took advantage of her and led her to the bedroom after you saw an opportunity for your own sexual satisfaction.

"The place in which she should have felt secure was invaded. You used and abused your status.

"There was an abuse of trust for a vulnerable person."

The sexual assault happened in April of 2017 and the court was told that the victim did not immediately tell anyone what had happened out of embarrassment.

Giles Nelson, prosecuting, told the court that Basanga had also pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornography after being found to have images of a woman performing a sex act on a dog.

Basanga, who is 45, came to the UK from Angola as a refugee in 2003 and was living in Coventry at the time of the offence.

The defence said he had always worked hard since arriving in England and asked the judge to spare him from jail for the sake of his family.

But his Honour Pearce-Higgins said a custodial sentence was necessary while he also made Basanga the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.