Man sentenced after attack on Chelmsford woman in her own home

A man who was arrested within days of a woman being assaulted in Chelmsford has been jailed.

Jordan Duff, 30 of no fixed address appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday December 19 where he was sentenced to ten years in prison, following a violent assault on a woman in her 60s.

At around 10am on October 21, Essex Police received a call to say that a woman had been assaulted at her address in Chelmsford.

Duff had entered the victim’s address as she’d offered him a cup of tea. Once inside, he strangled the woman and attempted to rob her. He was disturbed by a neighbour who had heard noises coming from the property before he jumped out of the window and ran away.

An appeal to locate him was issued, resulting in multiple calls from members of the public to report sightings.

Duff was arrested on October 24. When interviewed, he tried to deny his actions, claiming that the victim was “looking for attention”. Officers quickly charged him with attempted robbery, sexual assault on a female and intentional strangulation.

Duff pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and intentional strangulation. He pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and this charge was dropped.

Eight years of his sentence will be served with the remaining two years to be on licence.

In a statement read out in court, the victim described the impact that Duff’s crimes have had on her: “I thought that he was going to kill me and have never felt fear like that in my life.”

Detective Sergeant Luke Baldwin, Investigating officer in the case said “Duff has been identified as a dangerous individual and the victim’s bravery throughout this investigation, has meant he is now off the streets.

“Essex Police and our partner agencies have continued to support the victim through this difficult process and I hope that today’s sentence allows her to put this awful day behind her.”