Jailed for bus-stop sex-attack

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A TEENAGER who subjected a woman to a sex-attack at a bus-stop in Bulwell has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Joshua Symington (pictured) also admitted a total of 30 burglaries.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Symington (19) approached his 18-year-old Bulwell victim on Saturday November 20 between 9 pm and 9.45 pm.

At first, he spoke to her and asked if she had a light for a cigarette.

But then it became more sinister. He stroked her chin, kissed her on the lips and tried to entice her back to his home.

The terrified woman refused but Symington tried to pull her into bushes. The 18-year-old fled to a friend’s house nearby and called the police.

“She tried to keep him as calm as she could,” said Jeremy Janes (prosecuting).

“This matter lasted 45 minutes. He made various sexual remarks and became more threatening to her.”

The court heard that Symington had a lengthy criminal record featuring convictions for burglary and assault.

As well as pleading guilty to the sexual assault on the 18-year-old, he admitted breaking into a house on Newcastle Drive in The Park in Nottingham.

He asked for 29 other burglaries to be taken into consideration. These were mainly in Radford, Lenton and Hyson Green between 2008 and 2010.

Richard Posner (defending) said Symington, of Foxhall Road, Forest Fields, had been on a three-day drinking binge when he committed the Newcastle Drive raid on Friday November 19 and the sex attack.

Det Con Chris Taylor said: “Symington is a prolific offender with previous convictions for burglary, robbery, handling stolen goods, possessing a knife in public and violence against the public and police officers.

“He takes no responsibility for his own actions and blames his victims for leaving themselves vulnerable. Thankfully, his conviction means he is no longer walking the streets and cannot commit further offences against the people of Bulwell.”