'Brutal and bizarre' sex attack on victim

By Michael Upton | 13/02/2018

'Brutal and bizarre' sex attack on victim

A HEROIN user who beat another man unconscious with a broom, before sexually assaulting him with the handle, has failed to get his jail term cut.

Danian Palty Yarlett (40) had begun to act erratically after taking drugs and booze when he knocked his victim out.

He subjected the man to homophobic abuse before launching the brutal and bizarre sex attack.

When the victim came to, London's Appeal Court heard, he found Yarlett, of Lilian Street, Moorgate, assaulting him with the broken broom shank.

Yarlett was jailed for five years, with another year on extended licence, at Sheffield Crown Court in March last year.

He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and sexual assault.

At the Appeal Court, Lord Justice Simon heard his lawyers argue that his punishment was too tough.

The judge, sitting with Judge Martin Picton and Mr Justice Spencer, said Yarlett was pepped up on strong drugs and drink when he attacked.

The victim, who suffered nasty abrasions, eventually managed to escape by climbing out of a window.

He later reported that he felt totally emasculated and unable to forget what had happened to him.

Yarlett had also recently been hit with a four-and-a-half-year sentence for a string of burglaries, and his lawyers argued that his overall jail term was too severe.

But Lord Justice Simon said: "This was very disturbing.

"Even without the sex attack, the assault with the broom handle on the victims head in itself would have been very serious."

He added: "It is fortunate that the victim did not suffer graver injuries.

"This was a brutal and bizarre sexual assault and this appeal is dismissed."

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