|Joshua Okugbeni was jailed for five years and four months at Newcastle Crown Court (Picture: North News)|
A man fled the scene of an attempted sex attack with his trousers around his ankles after his victim stabbed him in the neck with her house key. Joshua Okugbeni was stabbed after he covered the woman’s mouth with his hand and said: ‘Shush, shush, all I want is a kiss’.
The former pharmacy student has been sentenced to five years and four months behind bars for two offences, including the attempted attack in a deserted lane, as the mum made her way to work.
In the other, he also put his hand over the mouth of a woman he followed from a metro train at Seaburn, Sunderland but fled when she screamed for help. Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told Newcastle Crown Court, that, in the incident involving a key, Okugbeni placed his hand over his victim’s mouth and another around her stomach.
‘He dragged her towards a wall. She couldn’t get away. The defendant said to her “all I want is a kiss”. He said “shush, shush, all I want is a kiss”. ‘She told him not to do this.’
The court heard it was when the attacker was distracted, after he took his trousers down, that the woman was able to reach into her handbag and grab her keys.
Miss Smurthwaite added: ‘She was terrified, at that point, he was going to try and rape her and thought to herself. ‘”I’m not getting raped by him”.
‘She stabbed him in the neck with her keys. ‘He looked startled, they both ran off, his trousers still down.’
|Okugbeni was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court (Picture: Google)|
CCTV from the area, which was played in court, showed Okugbeni pulling his victim out of sight and then them both running in opposite directions a few moments later. Okugbeni, a respected churchgoer and charity worker, of Cleadon Lea, Cleadon, pleaded guilty to common assault on the first woman and assault with intent to commit a sexual offence on the second.
Judge Christopher Prince said : ‘It is every woman and every man’s nightmare that as they try to go about their every day lives in public streets they would be attacked by someone like you, with an intention to commit a sexual offence.
‘Those who plan to, and do, stalk women in the streets with a view to assaulting them or a view to committing a serious offence on them will be sent to prison.’ Alec Burns, defending, said Okugbeni was of impeccable character previously and has ‘no explanation’ for his behaviour.
Mr Burns added: ‘He understands the distress he must have caused. ‘These two unfortunate women may be quite happy to hear he has destroyed his own life for these 15 minutes of madness.’
The court heard Okugbeni quit his pharmacy course at University after the attacks.
- Metro, UK