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Diss man admits sex offences involving multiple women on Norwich buses

PUBLISHED: 07:59 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 02 November 2017

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man has admitted carrying out a series of sex offences involving women travelling on Norwich buses using routes near the University of East Anglia and the train station.

Dean Eastwood, 28, of Ladbrooke Close, Diss, admitted one count of outraging public decency after he exposed himself to a woman travelling on the top deck of a bus to the UEA, in the early hours of Saturday, May 27.

He also has admitted a sexual assault on a woman, as later that same day he approached another female passenger, who was travelling on a bus to the UEA, and after trying to engage her in conversation he then touched her inappropriately after getting off at the same bus stop as the victim.

Eastwood, who was wearing a grey tracksuit top appeared via video link from Norwich prison, and he was also committed for sentence to the crown court by Norwich magistrates for two further sex assaults, which happened on the previous day, May 26.

In one offence Eastwood was on a bus from Earlham Road to Norwich train station when he followed a woman off the bus and sexually assaulted her on Telegraph Lane East.

On the same day, on another bus which was going from the University of East Anglia to the train station, he again tried to engage a woman in conversation before going on to sexually assault her.

The prosecution is not proceeding with another allegation that Eastwood originally faced, that he approached and touched a woman in an alleyway off Primula Drive, in Norwich, on the same day, May 26.

During the short hearing Eastwood only spoke briefly and no facts of the case were opened to the court.

Judge Stephen Holt adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports and further remanded Eastwood in custody.

He is due to be sentenced for all matters he faces on November 24.

Duncan O’Donnell appeared for the prosecution and Andrew Oliver appeared for the defence.

Following Eastwood’s arrest and being charged, police at the time issued an appeal for anyone with information about the incidents to contact them at Earlham Police Station.

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