A LATVIAN man who attempted to sexually assault a woman in Grantham was jailed for two and half years on friday - but is eligible for immediate release because of the length of time he has already spent in custody.
Indulis Bokta, 27, was convicted of assaulting the woman and intending to commit a sexual offence after coming across his drunk victim as she looked for a taxi in Grantham town centre.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Bokta, who was cleared of a more serious sexual offence, only fled after seeing the blue lights from police cars arriving at the scene. CCTV footage showed Bokta pulling his trousers up as he ran away.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, mitigating, told the court Bokta did not touch the woman in a sexual way during the two or three minute ordeal.
Mr Cranmer-Brown said: “The only injury to her back was a little abrasion below her bra and there was a minor cut on her hand. Having pushed her to the ground he kept her on the ground by putting his hand over her mouth. He didn’t assault her directly by punching her or slapping her.”
But passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Bokta his victim was clearly drunk.
Judge Heath added: “That was not unusual for her, your paths crossed, she was looking for a taxi.
“You walked along with her in the town centre and came to an alleyway. You took her down that alleyway and pushed her to the ground.
“There was a struggle, she screamed, and you put your hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.
“You only desisted when the blue lights of the police indicated their arrival, you then ran off with your trousers in some disarray.”
Judge Heath also ordered Bokta, of Manthorpe Road, Grantham, to register as a sex offender for life.
The court was told Bokta has already served 473 days in prison since he was remanded into custody in July last year and is eligible for immediate release.