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WATCH: The moment man parks outside Hampden Park before attacking and sexually assaulting woman

This is the moment a man parks outside Hampden Park in Eastbourne before attacking a woman who was walking her dog.

Lewis Wood, 29, grabbed the 64-year-old woman from behind before assaulting her and pulling her to the floor at around 2.25pm on Saturday 25 February.

CCTV footage showed Wood, of no fixed address, creep through the bushes before running back to his car after the attack just over a minute later.

He appeared before Lewes Crown Court on Friday 18 August and was sentenced to three years in prison with an extended two years on licence after pleading guilty to intent to commit a sexual offence and non-fatal strangulation at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that just five minutes before the attack, Wood had been calling and texting a sex worker demanding sex in exchange for money.

Wood was arrested less than 20 minutes after police received a call from a witness who came to the woman’s aid. His car was spotted by officers half a mile away from the scene. Cable ties and a mobile phone were found inside.

Detective Constable Abi Kelvie, from the Safeguarding Investigations team, said: “This was a terrifying attack on a woman who was walking her dog in broad daylight.

“Thanks to the victim’s incredible bravery in providing a description of this man, we quickly caught up with Wood and he was subsequently arrested and charged.

“During the investigation we then found he had been trying to engage the services of a prostitute just five minutes before the attack. This showed this was a sexually motivated attack and Wood was on the hunt for a victim.

“Thanks to the work of the investigation teams, we have been able to remove a very dangerous man from our streets and this demonstrates our determination to catch offenders and get justice for their victims.”

Extended sentences are imposed in certain types of cases where the court has found that the offender is dangerous, and an extended licence period is required to protect the public from risk of serious harm.

The judge also imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), preventing Wood from committing further sexual offences.

(Source: Sussex Police)


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