Elderly Northampton sex offender spared jail after judge rules ill health has left him 'not the man you were'
"You were once a robust and invigorated man. You are now not the man you were then."
A 79-year-old sex offender who assaulted a number of women has been spared jail because of his ill health.
Angelo Dechiara, of Kettering Road, committed sexually inappropriate acts against a number of women in the 2010s.
But at his sentencing on April 30, a judge ruled he could be dealt with without going to prison because of his deteriorating health.
Recorder Mr Graham Huston told the 79-year-old: "The effects of these offences are felt still by the women involved.
"I am sure in your case that their is something going on in relation to your mental health and there are a number of recent medical issues which suggest that is the case.
"Since the commital of this offence you have suffered a serious period of ill health... You were once a robust and invigorated man. You are now not the man you were then."
As a result, the judge handed Dechiara an 100-month community order and 10 days of rehabilitation requirement.
At the hearing at Leicester Crown Court, the 79-year-old was also ordered to pay £1,500 in court costs. He has been made to sign the sex offenders' register.