Man jailed for attacks on women

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A MAN who carried out separate attacks on two young women in Grantham was jailed for two years and ten months on Tuesday.

Sam Wheatley, 24, targeted his first victim during the afternoon as she walked along a footpath near to Grantham railway station with her boyfriend.

The 15-year-old girl described how Wheatley pushed her against a fence after putting one hand over her mouth and his other on the top of her head.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Wheatley warned the teenager to “shut up” even though she did not speak to him.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said the girl suffered grazing under her chin and was so frightened that she waited until Wheatley had gone before she rang the police.

The court was told Wheatley continued drinking in Grantham town centre and carried out the second attack on a lone women at around 11pm on the same day.

Miss Leonard said the woman began talking on her mobile phone after becoming suspicious of Wheatley as she walked home along the same footpath near the railway station.

“At that stage Wheatley grabbed her by the neck and pushed her over a wall,” Miss Leonard added. “A couple heard this young woman screaming, clearly in distress.”

The court heard Wheatley walked off after the couple opened their window and was arrested in Grantham town centre.

During interview Wheatley admitted trying to rob the second woman.

Chris Milligan, mitigating, told the court Wheatley had been drinking since the age of 12 and regarded himself as an alcoholic.

Wheatley, of Westgate, Grantham, admitted two charges of common assault and assault with intent to rob occuring on August 5 this year.

Passing sentence Judge James Sampson told him: “Both of your victims were young women, it seems to me they were targeted.”