Stalker jailed for sex at­tack on drunk girl

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A STALKER who sex­u­ally at­tacked a lone woman in a dark al­ley has been jailed.

Grant New­combe, 42, pushed the drunken vic­tim to the floor and put his hand over her mouth – un­til she bit him and he ran off.

But a court heard he had pulled down her knick­ers and tried to push her legs apart.

A jury at Ply­mouth Crown Court cleared New­combe ( above) of at­tempted rape but con­victed him of sex­ual as­sault.

The lo­cal man had de­nied both of­fences in the early hours of Au­gust 29, 2011, as the woman had en­joyed a night out club­bing.

He claimed they ex­changed smiles and kisses and ad­mit­ted go­ing too far with his ad­vances but said he stopped when told.

The vic­tim said he sud­denly ap­peared in a dark al­ley­way and ripped down her un­der­wear and she thought she was “go­ing to be raped”.

The court heard she bit his hand and he ran off. He gave him­self up to po­lice af­ter CCTV of him ap­peared in a lo­cal news­pa­per.

Judge Paul Dar­low jailed New­combe for three years and three months. He was given a ten year sex­ual of­fences preven­tion or­der and put on the Sex Of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for life.

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