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Accused told police he had never been in the home of Stonehouse woman molested by intruder as she slept

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court (2)

A MAN accused of breaking into a Stonehouse woman’s home and molesting her while she slept, told police he had never been into her home.

Robert Hinder denies trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence on May 18, last year.

During police interview, the 33-year-old father said he would not be linked to her property.

But Gloucester Crown Court heard footprints, which matched those belonging to his Timberland boots, were later discovered on both the window ledge and sill of her home.

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During his first police interview later on the day of the alleged attack, Hinder said, in a prepared statement: “I den the allegation completely. I will not be linked to the complaint or the complaint’s property.

“I was at home. I live in a caravan in my parent’s home. I went to bed about 11.30pm and I woke up this morning to a knock on my door from the police.

“I did not wake up. I did not leave my caravan at any point. I don’t know why I have been named. I was not there. I did not do it and forensic evidence will prove it.”

But a month later police discovered the footprints were a match to his boots.

Forensic scientist, Simon Adams, told the court said the wear and tear on boots’ left and right heel matched the marks at the scene.

Defending Sarah Jenkins said: “What the evidence doesn’t allow you to do is to tell who was wearing the boots at the time and you cannot say how long (the marks) have been there.”

During his second interview, Hinder of Meadow Road, said: “I have never been inside that house and I have never had any reason to go inside. It is weird. This is a set up or something because I’ve never been in that house ever.”

The trial continues.

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