July 2023

Man sentenced to over 10 years for the attempt rape and assault of an elderly woman at a care home in Oldham

On Sunday 1 January 2023 at around 1:45am, officers received reports of a man carrying a knife at a Care home in Oldham.

Officers attended the scene, searched the premises, and located the male inside the care home.

It was established that an 79 year woman had been sexually assaulted by the male and he was immediately arrested.

The victim was seen at hospital by staff of Saint Marys Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for tests. She along with her family received immediate support and treatment from specialist officers and support services.

After extensive CCTV analysis, and forensic analysis of the victim’s and suspects body and clothing, officers were able to identify the suspect’s DNA was a match with previously logged DNA on a database.

On Monday 2 January 2023, Jake Astley (02/03/2001) of no fixed abode was charged with the following offences:

•1x count of knowingly trespassing on a premises with intent to commit a sexual offence.

•1x count of committing an offence with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

•1x count of assault.

•1x count of affray.

Astley was remanded to await trial with an additional charge of attempted rape being added to his indictment.

Astley pled guilty to the charge of attempted rape and assault.

On Monday 31 July 2023, James Astley was sentenced to 14 years (less 25% credit for plea) equating to 10 ½ years for Rape, serving an 18 month concurrent sentence for Assault.