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A man convicted of sexual offences in Slough

Following an extensive Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been convicted of sexual offences that took place in Slough.

Winson Benta, aged 59, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of a count each of sexual assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence on Friday (28/8).

It followed a trial at Reading Crown Court which began on Monday (24/8).

The convictions relate to an incident which happened on January 30 2019, when the victim, a woman aged in her thirties was sexually assaulted in St Mary’s Church yard in Slough.

Benta was arrested on 6 March this year and charged the following day.

He will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

Detective Constable Jessica Lawson, of Slough police station, said: “This was a terrible incident, whereby a woman aged in her thirties was approached in dark church yard, knocked unconscious, before being sexually assaulted.

“This was a very long and extensive investigation, and I would like to thank and pay tribute to the victim for her bravery and dignity throughout this process, especially while giving evidence in court and having to relive the circumstances of her horrific ordeal.

“I am extremely happy that Benta has been found guilty in court. He is a dangerous man and a threat to the community.

“He will now receive a sentence in court to reflect this conviction.

“Thames Valley Police will always investigate every report we receive concerning sexual offences, and will investigate thoroughly in order to bring offenders like Benta to justice. Victims will always be listened to and be treated with utmost dignity and respect.”