June 2015

Michael Webber assaulted and harassed women and girls after the frontal lobes of his brain were damaged by the stroke, taking away his social and sexual inhibitions, Gloucester crown court was told.

On one occasion the 74-year-old knocked on a woman’s door and said he had been told he could get sex from her.

He also offered to pay a 14-year-old girl for sex and tried to hug her as she was shopping.

She pushed him away but he hugged her again and then put his hand down her trousers.

Prosecutor James Bromige said another of Webber’s victims was a woman who had known him for around two years but noticed in January 2014 that he had changed.

In May, he passed her home as she was gardening with her husband and told her “I can see your pants my dear – but it’s a very nice sight” before slapping her on the bottom.

Another victim was on her way home carrying shopping when Webber offered to help.

When they got to her house he followed her in, put his arm around her neck and “lunged” towards her saying: “It’s harmless.”

The judge sentenced him to 4 months jail suspended for two years with a one year mental health treatment order.

He also made a seven year sexual harm prevention order against Webber, who admitted sexually assaulting the 14-year-old girl on April 5 last year, a woman on June 18 and another woman on two occasions between May 14 and June 15.

March 2015

Sex offender back in jail again as judge admits process is “taking longer than it should”

A 74-YEAR-OLD Cam man who has become a sexual danger to women as a result of the brain damage he suffered from a stroke may be released from prison soon with an order to protect the public, a court heard today.

Michael Webber, of Draycott, Cam, has pleaded guilty to a string of sexual assaults that took place last year, involving a 14-year-old girl on April 5, a woman on June 18 and another woman on two occasions between May 14 and June 15.

He was due to be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday, March 10, but ‘crossed wires’ between the defence and the court’s liaison psychiatric nurse meant that arrangements for his future had not been finalised.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC expressed his frustration at another delay in the long-running case.

“This is now a question of considerable urgency. The judge’s principal task in this case is not punishment but protection of females from Mr Webber if he were to have a recurrence of his illness.”

The psychiatric nurse, Andy Webb, told the judge “His condition is ongoing. Unfortunately because of his vascular damage it will stabilise but it will continue.”

He said he would speak to Webber’s psychiatrist to arrange an assessment of the interventions necessary in his case but thought that would have to take place in Webber’s home, which would mean him having to be released from custody on bail.

Mr Webb said it would be possible, in view of the length of time Webber has already been in custody, to pass a Guardianship Order under the Mental Health Act so he could live at home but with controls and safeguards.

Remanding Webber back into custody till April 7 the judge told him: “What I am trying to do is to see that you are released and that there are people around you to help. It is taking a little longer than it should.”