Jailed: Man followed woman and tried to sexually assault her
A man who followed a woman home in Stafford and attempted to sexually assault her has been jailed for nine years.
Lukasz Wesolowski, 38, followed the woman from Bridge Street in the town centre, to a road in Rowley Park, where he grabbed her from behind and held her mouth and nose.
The woman was unable to scream or breathe, but managed to break free and run home, without her belongings, after Wesolowski loosened his grip.
Wesolowski, of no fixed address, then fled the scene.
A police appeal was issued urging Wesolowski to hand himself in to detectives the following day.
Following a CCTV trawl, detectives found footage of Wesolowski hiding in bay windows, before he grabbed the woman and more footage of him running from the scene.
Wesolowski was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesda after pleading guilty to commiting an offence with the intent to commit a sexual offence and false imprisonment.
He was sentenced to nine years for the first offence and 32 months for false imprisonment, to run concurrently.
He was also given a restraining order and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Detective Constable Howard Davies, from Staffordshire Police's CID, said: “This was an attack on a vulnerable woman who was simply heading home after an enjoyable night with her friends.
“Wesolowski could be seen to hide behind bay windows allowing him to get close to his victim before attacking her. Thankfully due to her actions, she managed to break free physically unharmed but very shaken up.
“I would just like to thank the public for their swift response to our initial media appeal which helped to forward this investigation and positively identify the offender.”
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