Man sentenced for sexual assault following incident in Needham Market

A man has been sentenced for the sexual assault of a woman which occurred in Needham Market.

David Spreadbridge, 45, of The Dene, Ropley, in Hampshire, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court (pictured above) yesterday,  Thursday, May 23, to a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

It follows a guilty plea earlier this year to the offence of sexual assault of a female.

The victim was not known to Spreadbridge before and reported concerns to police on October 7, 2023, after identifying injuries on her body.

Police enquiries identified Spreadbridge as the perpetrator and he was arrested at his home address on October 10. Additional evidence was located through digital investigations which led to Spreadbridge being charged while in custody.

Investigating officer DC Evans-Eastman, from the Safeguarding and Investigations unit based at Bury St Edmunds, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the victim for her bravery working with us throughout the investigation to ensure we achieved this conviction. I would also like to thank the Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) who supported the victim through this process.

“Anyone who is a victim of any sexual offence can be reassured that they can and should come forward and contact us. All complaints are taken seriously and we continue to work with partner agencies to provide victims with appropriate support whilst conducting a robust and thorough investigation.”

Spreadbridge was also placed in the Sex Offenders register for 10 years and to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

To report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences please visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/v1/rape-sexual-assault-other-sexual-offences/

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