A man who attempted to rape a teenage girl in an alleyway in Selsey has been jailed.
The victim, aged 13 at the time, was approached by an unknown man as she walked along Selsey High Street on the morning of Wednesday, May 29, last year.
He engaged in conversation with her and later confronted her in an alleyway between Manor Road and Manor Lane, where he subjected her to a serious sexual assault.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, managed to break free and run away, and the incident was reported to police.
An image of the suspect was circulated by Sussex Police on social media, and he was identified as Ewing Gilmour, unemployed, of Sparshott Road, Selsey.
The 21-year-old was subsequently arrested and charged with the attempted rape of a child.
He denied the offence but was found guilty by jury at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, February 7, where he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment with an extended term of three years.
During sentencing, the judge condemned Gilmour for his “brazen and determined attempt to rape a vulnerable victim who was 13”.