A soldier has been jailed for six years after strangling a woman in an attempt to rape her on a Bexhill Street.
Trevor Clark, 21 was today (Wednesday, September 25) sentenced to the prison term at Lewes Crown Court after he had previously been found guilty of strangulation with intent to rape following a two week trial.
Clark, who was staying in Buckhurst Road at the time, attacked an 18-year-old woman who was a stranger to him in New Park Avenue on at 3.40am on Sunday 19 August last year as she walked from Bexhill railway station.
He was arrested six days later as a result of police enquiries.
After sentencing, Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien said: “I’m very pleased Clark has been found guilty and sentenced for this heinous crime.
“His victim could have been spared the experience of having to give evidence during the trial; but Clark, despite the weight of evidence against him, maintained his innocence, which was entirely misplaced.
“He used extreme violence, strangling the victim in an attempt to rape her. If it was not for the actions and intervention of a local member of the public, which the judge commended, then his vile intent would have been played out.
“We are very grateful to the victim and witnesses in this case, who have shown great courage while having to relive their ordeals in order to bring Clark to justice.”
Clark will served six years in prison and be on licence for another four. He will be on the sex offenders register for life.
The jury at Clark’s trial was unable to reach a majority decision on a separate rape offence against a teenage girl in East Sussex some time between 2009 and 2011. The girl was known to Clark at the time of the alleged offence.