Alleyway sex attacker jailed for life for preying on teenager

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A dangerous violent sex attacker has been jailed for life for trying a rape a 15-year-old girl as she walked home from school.

Alan Parker, 20, preyed on his victim after following her to an alleyway in Castleford on the afternoon of July 5 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Parker punched the youngster and threw her to the floor before putting his hand across her mouth and carrying out the attack.

Parker also climbed on top of the girl and pulled down her clothing during the assault but fled when he was disturbed by two men.

The men heard the girl’s cries and found her very distressed. She suffered bruising to her face during the incident. The court heard the attack has changed her life forever. She has lost confidence and her school work has suffered.

Parker returned to the pub where he had been drinking with family members before the attack and told them he had just been attacked by Gipsies.

West Yorkshire Police released CCTV images in an appeal to catch Parker. Family members persuaded him to hand himself in after they saw them.

He initially denied the attack but broke down in tears and admitted following the girl. He claimed to have blacked out and could not remember the attack.

Parker, of Eastbourne Terrace, Pontefract, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, sexual assault and attempting to commit a sexual offence.

The court heard he was out of prison on licence at the time for an offence of wounding with intent after he stabbed a man.

Judge James Spencer QC jailed Hodgson for life and told him he must serve a minimum of four years before he can be considered for release by the parole board.

Det Chief Insp Neil Lineham, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We welcome the sentence passed today. It ensures that Parker wont be released from prison until a panel of experts consider him to no longer present a danger to the communities of West Yorkshire.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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