A woman who was sexually assaulted by a neighbour who cared for her is urging other victims of abuse to come forward.

On Wednesday, 13 October, Susan Turner, 56 (02.11.64), of Pevensey Gardens, Hockley, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court where she was handed a two-year suspended sentence after previously being convicted of four counts of sexual assault.

She was also ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work, was placed on the Sex Offenders Register and barred from working with vulnerable people indefinitely.

Detective Constable Chris Maxim, who led the investigation, said: “Turner completely abused the trust that had been placed in her and her actions have had a huge impact on both the victim and her family.

“The victim in this case came forward because she didn’t want anyone else to suffer in a similar way. She encourages anyone else who may have been subject to similar abuse to report it.

“We know that many victims of abuse are too afraid to speak to us and fear they will not be believed. Others are physically unable to speak out about this abuse themselves.

“We hope that this conviction shows we are here to listen, we will take any reports seriously and we will provide the necessary specialist support to those that need it.”

Turner’s offences, which took place in Hornchurch in September 2019, came to light when the victim, aged in her 40s, disclosed them to her parents via an iPad she uses to communicate.

An investigation was launched by the Met’s East Area Public Protection Unit and Turner was later charged.

Specialist officers supported the victim and worked with the court to ensure that the victim was cross examined on video away from the court room – the first time this had been done at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

DC Maxim, added: “The victim in this case was extremely brave to come forward and tell us what happened. We recognise that can be an extremely difficult thing to do but she wanted to share her story so that others in a similar position know they too will be taken seriously.