Man jailed for sexual assault and robbery in Seaford

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A six year prison sentence has been handed down to a 23-year-old who was found guilty of sexually assaulting and robbing a woman in a Seaford alleyway.

Sam Buckland was charged in March following the incident on Thursday March 8 off Lexden Road.

On October 3 Buckland, of Old Market Street, Thetford, Norfolk, was found guilty of both offences after a three-day trial. He was sentenced to four years for the sexual assault, and two years for the robbery, with the sentences to run consecutively.

He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life on his release from prison.

Last March Buckland, who was staying with a friend in Lexden Road, texted the woman, who advertises as an escort on Internet, asking her to come to Seaford, which she did.

He quoted an address which on arrival she soon realised was not the right place and she rang his number. Buckland appeared and began to guide her into the alley telling her this was the way to his address.

But once in the alleyway he grabbed her, pushed her against the wall and carried out a sexual assault. Her struggle and screams alerted residents and Buckland ran off, taking her bag.

The victim received cuts and bruises and was badly shaken and upset.

A police investigation led to Buckland handing himself in at Thetford police station six days later.