A sex attacker was left with a battered and bruised face when his brave victim fought back after he jumped her as she walked home from work.
A court heard that Johnathon Holmes, 35, followed his young female victim for over a mile across Sheffeld before dragging her into bushes to launch his horrendous assault, climbing on top of her, pushing his tongue into her mouth and telling her she was “going to enjoy [it].”
But the young woman had realised she was being followed and courageously fought off Holmes, punching him several times in the stomach, biting his tongue and stabbing him in the neck with her keys.
Holmes then fled the scene near Nuffield Gym on Cemetery Road in the early hours of November 1, but police were able to track him down in just a few hours, but when he was arrested he claimed to have no recollection of the evening. But as his Frankenstein-esque mugshot revealed, his victim had given him a fierce battering and CCTV footage revealed he had spent the afternoon hiding behind walls and watching lone women.
Bravely appearing in court, the young woman read out a victim impact statement, telling the judge:
I believed without a doubt he was going to rape me. My life would have been over, he might as well have killed me right there. I was so terrified but so angry. What happened to me was my worst nightmare. Now going anywhere after dark is really stressful for me. I often think how much worse it could gave been. Even though I know he is locked up, sometimes I’m scared he will come after me again.
Holmes defence barrister said the attack was completely out of character for her client, however Judge Sarah Wright said:
No one listening could fail to have been moved by her words. It is clear to me that what you did had a devastating effect on her life. She is not able to continue her life as before.Advertisement
Holmes admitted a charge of sexual assault and was jailed for four and a half years.
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