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Face of man who tried to rape woman as she walked home

today7 July 2022 8

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A man who sexually assaulted and tried to rape a woman as she was walking home has been jailed. Maxwell Shelbourne, 22, approached the woman in the early hours of Sunday, January 16 as she was walking along Cromford Road in Langley Mill.

He stopped her and asked for a cigarette, then tried to hug and kiss her and, despite her saying no, insisted he walked her home.

After a short while he tried to kiss her again, and despite the victim struggling, he sexually assaulted and tried to rape her. They continued to struggle and the woman managed to run home.

She reported what happened to her the following day and Sherbourne was identified following a public appeal.

Shelbourne formerly of Alfreton Road, Underwood, admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity, pleaded guilty and was convicted of attempted rape, sexual assault and sexual touching.

He was charged and remanded into custody after appearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Thursday, January 27.

The trial was heard at Derby Crown Court, and Shelbourne was jailed for five and a half years following sentencing on Friday, June 24. Shelbourne will also be on the sex offender register for life and has an indefinite restraining order to prevent him from contacting the victim.

READ MORE: Teenage rapist jailed after ‘incomprehensible’ attack on young woman

Detective Constable Danielle Lynch of our Public Protection Unit was the officer in charge of the case. She said: “Firstly I’d like to thank the strength of the victim showed in coming forward and reporting this horrendous crime against her. She has shown incredible courage throughout the investigation and court process.

“We would also like to thank members of the public who supported this investigation by coming forward as part of our appeal as they really helped us to bring this man to justice.”

DC Lynch added: “I hope this case will give others who have survived sexual offences the confidence to report incidents like these, knowing that we will listen and investigate professionally and sensitively.

“We are working with partners to ensure we are making Derbyshire a safe place for everyone and have specially trained officers who, alongside organisations including Derbyshire based SV2, support victims of sexual violence, and can provide advice and ongoing support.”

If you or someone you know has been the victim of rape, sexual assault or another sexual offence you are encouraged to reach out for help and support.

You can report online via a Rape and Sexual Assault reporting tool on our website, whether it is something that’s happened to you, or to someone else, by clicking here: Report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences. Details can be given anonymously if you wish.

Alternatively, you can contact police using the following methods:

  • Facebook – send a private message to our Facebook page
  • Twitter – direct message the contact centre via @DerPolContact
  • Phone – call on 101


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