Man jailed for 15 years after sexual assault in Derby

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A man has been jailed for 15 years after he sexually assaulted a woman in a Derby alleyway.

Officers were called to reports that a woman in her 60s had been attacked at around 8.30pm on Friday, 15 November, 2019, in the alleyway linking Thorndike Avenue and Baker Street in Alvaston.

Kevin Tomlinson’s victim had been shopping when she was grabbed from behind, kicked her to the ground and sexually assaulted.

Three passers-by heard noises and went into the jitty - Tomlinson fled while the victim went to a friend's house nearby.

Tomlinson was arrested by officers and later admitted one count of sexual assault. The 49-year-old had previously been jailed for another sexual assault and rape in 2010 and had been released on licence in 2017.

Along with his sentence of 15 years in jail, which was handed to him at by Judge Shaun Smith QC at Derby Crown Court yesterday (17 June), Tomlinson will also made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Judge Smith also awarded the three people who came to the aid of the victim £250 each from the public purse for their actions.

DC Graham Barrett, who led the investigation, said: “This was a horrifying ordeal for this woman to go through and her strength and determination during the incident and throughout the investigation and subsequent court process has been nothing short of amazing.

“The impact it has had on her is enormous and I hope that the jailing of Tomlinson begins to bring some closure for her.

“I would also like to pass on my own, as well as the force’s, thanks to the three passers-by who came to the woman’s aid. While we saw the very worst of humanity in Tomlinson that day their actions showed the care and compassion that our community is built upon.”

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