Langham man guilty of attempted murder of Oakham woman had history of violence against women
A man found guilty of attempted murder previously committed a number of offences against women.
After more than six hours of deliberation, the dozen men and women at Leicester Crown Court found 48-year-old Robert Truscott guilty of attempted murder and unlawful wounding.
Almost a year ago to the day, Truscott went to the home of Emma Wolfenden in Bullfinch Close, Oakham, while she was with a 26-year-old man she had met on the dating website, Tinder.
He had previously admitted injuring the younger man and being in possession of a weapon, and at lunchtime today the jury returned a not guilty verdict to a charge of Truscott wounding him with intent.
After a majority verdict found Truscott guilty of attempted murder, prosecutor Andrew Peet told the jury of his former offences.
Mr Peet said that after an argument with a former girlfriend he punched her several times in the face and body before attempting to strangle her. The woman managed to get away however, Truscott set her flat on fire.
He pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and arson, and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Soon after being released from prison, he attacked the same woman and forced entry into her flat, attempting to strangle her.
The barrister told the jury that he said words to the effect of 'I failed last time, I will do a better job this time'. He was found guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and sentenced to seven years and 240 days in prison.
On another occasion, a different woman received a telephone call from Truscott who said he was going to burn her flat down with her and her animals inside. He pleaded guilty to this as well as an offence of damaging property.
Truscott was given a community order and restraining order instead of going to prison.
However, he breached the restraining order to see the woman before sexually assaulting her. He was sentenced to 25 weeks and put on the sex offenders register for seven years for sexual assault, harassment and breaching a restraining order.
Mr Peet said: "The offences the jury has heard about are entirely consistent with the way this defendant has behaved in respect of female partners."
Following the jury's verdict, Truscott has been remanded into custody and is due to be sentenced on Friday, February 4.
Officer in the case, detective constable Gemma Allen said afterwards: “This was no doubt an extremely frightening incident for Miss Wolfenden and for the other male victim involved at the time. Miss Wolfenden remained in hospital for three months after the incident receiving treatment for serious injuries because of the terrifying actions of Robert Truscott.
“My thoughts today remain with everyone affected by this incident including the family of Miss Wolfenden who have suffered hugely throughout the past year. I know this incident will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
“The investigation has been extremely complex and difficult and I would like to thank the team of officers and staff involved for their dedicated work and support which has led to this conviction of Truscott today.”
Miss Wolfenden was left in hospital for three months as a result of the injuries sustained in the incident on January 21, 2021. She died in June due to unrelated circumstances, aged 37.