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Padgate man tried to rape dementia patient, 80
8:20am Thursday 17th May 2012 in News
A 28-YEAR-OLD man has been found guilty of attempting to rape an 80-year-old woman with dementia.
Jamie Waterworth, of Elizabeth Drive, Padgate, attack his vulnerable victim on the afternoon of December 24, 2010.
During a week-long trial Warrington Crown Court heard how his victim’s condition had declined to a point where she was no longer able to remember the incident and jurors had to watch a video of an interview filmed the day after the attack.
In it the woman told police, ‘he was trying to make love to me’ and ‘I told him to stop but he wasn’t answering me’.
She also said the attack had left her feeling guilty.
Waterworth had been drinking at 4am on the day of the attack because he had depression and was struggling to sleep. He also had a few sips of neat vodka at lunchtime.
The court heard how after his arrest Waterworth told a police officer, ‘I’m sorry, please forgive me, I’m not a bad lad’.
He had a cut to his head when he was arrested and was taken to Warrington Hospital for treatment. The court heard how he became aggressive and at one point had to be restrained by officers because he was punching himself in the face.
PC David Wynne said: “His mood was very up and down when we first got there. He went through bouts of crying to out of nowhere becoming aggressive, clenching fists and punching walls.”
Waterworth told police in his interview he could not recall the attack but knew he would not commit an act like the one he was accused of.
Simon Christie, defending, also said the woman had a history of hallucinations because of her condition.
He was cleared of a charge of rape on the same woman by the jury when the verdict was given yesterday, Wednesday, afternoon.
Waterworth was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Friday, June 8.