A man from Smethwick has has been jailed today (23 November) for sexual assault which took place after a night of drinking.

John Poles was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to seven years and eight months for four counts of assault by penetration and two counts of sexual touching.

The 53-year-old offender, from Manor Road, Smethwick, knew his victim and took advantage of her after a night of drinking in October 2020.

Police commended the bravery of the victim of the sexual assault who found the courage to reach out to officers after her horrific ordeal.

John Poles was jailed for his shocking crime against a defenceless victim WMP
John Poles was jailed for his shocking crime against a defenceless victim

Investigating officer DC Nikki McMurray, said: “Whatever the circumstances, the victim did not consent to sexual intimacy and we commend her bravery in reporting the crimes she suffered.

“Responding to victims of sexual offences is incredibly important to us; we’re listening and taking action to improve this.

We have specialist officers who can support victims of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago it happened, through the court process. We also work with a range of other agencies who can help.”

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