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Man jailed for hitting woman with frying pan

Roxroy Parchment has been sentenced to four years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A 49-year-old man has been jailed for hitting a woman with a frying pan after forcing his way into her Peacehaven home. Roxroy Parchment, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guily of assault and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The trial at Hove Crown Court heard that three men assaulted the woman at her home in Grassmere Avenue on 27 July 2013 and drove off in a Nissan Juke car.

A neighbour reported the incident to police and then followed the car to Seaford. A police officer saw the car on the A259 and briefly pursued it but it failed to stop for police. One of the passengers got out in Ringmer Road and dumped a bag. This was found to contain 20 bags with 30 grams of cannabis in each.

The pursuit was stopped because of the high speed of the vehicle. The car which had been hired in Birmingham was later found abandoned in Eastbourne Road, Seaford. A search of the area found no trace of the occupants.

At 8.30pm three men had pushed their way into the home of a 45-year-old woman demanding to speak to someone called Kate. When she told them a Kate did not leave there, they hit her over the head with a frying pan before leaving the house. She went to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, with minor injuries.

Two of the suspects were eventually traced, arrested and charged.

"This was an unprovoked horrendous attack on a vulnerable woman in her own home in Peacehaven where last July three men forced their way into her home and attacked her with a frying pan causing lasting injuries."

– After the case Detective Inspector Rob Morland

String of sexual assaults lands man 18-years in jail

Stephen Keen will spend the next 18 years in prison Credit: Sussex Police

A man from Peacehaven is starting an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of a series of sexual assaults on a young girl.

Stephen Keen, who is 53-years-old, was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the girl.

Detective Constable Katherine Upton said, "This was a very distressing case. The victim whilst helpless endured years of abuse from Keen and it was only in 2012 that she felt able to tell other people.

"Keen pleaded not guilty throughout and the courage of the victim in giving evidence, with the support of special measures to help her in court, including the use of her principle evidence by video recording, was key in securing his conviction."

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