A HEREFORD pensioner has been found guilty of sex attacks by a crown court jury.

Roy Millist of Hereford was convicted of sexual assault at Worcester Crown Court on October 27.

A jury found 71-year-old Millist guilty of three counts of sexual assault by penetration, all of which were offences he committed between 2018 and 2021.

His conviction followed a lengthy and thorough investigation by a team of Hereford detectives after the victim came forward to report his abuse to police.

Detective constable Emma O’Hare said: “Millist committed these heinous offences against a young woman who was not able to defend or protect herself over a sustained period of time.


“As pleased as I am with the verdict, the true tribute is paid to the victim and her family who not only survived despite his best efforts to demean and hurt them, but to then show incredible courage and bravery in alerting the police to his crimes allowing us to bring him to justice. My hope is that this conviction will bring some measure of comfort to those whose lives have been irrevocably damaged by his predatory and despicable actions.”

Millist is due to be sentenced soon and is currently being held on remand.

West Mercia Police remains committed to seeking justice for victims and surivivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault and we the police and wider support services are here for them.

If you are a victim of a sexual offence you can report it to us on 101 or via West Mercia's Victim Advice Line on 0800 952 3000. In an emergency dial 999.

If you do not feel comfortable speaking to officers you can contact a referral centre which specialises in helping victims of rape and sexual assault - including providing medical care and counselling. For information and details on how to contact or refer please visit the Get Help page of the Stop Rape Now website www.stoprapenow.co.uk

Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault who feels they may need support, or may not want to contact the police West Mercia's Victim Advice Line is a free, independent and confidential support service or visit thier website here www.victimadviceline.org.uk

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